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The School of Music presents “Birth of the Cool: A Tribute to Miles Davis,” a Faculty Chamber Music Recital, Sunday, Oct. 22, starting at 4 p.m. at ARTS/West.

The School of Music presents “Birth of the Cool: A Tribute to Miles Davis,” a Faculty Chamber Music Recital, Sunday, Oct. 22, starting at 4 p.m. at ARTS/West.

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Faculty recital ‘Birth of the Cool: A Tribute to Miles Davis’ coming Oct. 22


The Ohio University School of Music presents “Birth of the Cool: A Tribute to Miles Davis,” a Faculty Chamber Music Recital, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at ARTS/West.

Music faculty will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Miles Davis’ album “Birth of the Cool,” by performing portions of the groundbreaking album with guests James Moore on trumpet, Terry Douds on bass and Kyle Slemmer on baritone saxophone. This event is free and open to the public.

“Miles Davis and his associates changed the course of jazz — and music for that matter — many times in his career; the 1957 release of his album ‘Birth of the Cool’ is one these moments. The album broke with the paradigms of jazz at the time by changing aesthetics and approach, including larger orchestration, innovative harmonies and a chamber music approach,” said Lucas Borges, assistant professor of trombone.

Once every semester, the Faculty Chamber Music Recital showcases faculty collaboration in various formations and ensembles. This semester’s focus on jazz was inspired by the 60th anniversary of this pioneering album, a project that mixed elements of classical chamber music and jazz, which sets the stage for an especially potent kind of collaboration.

Performers from the School of Music include Matt James on alto saxophone, C. Scott Smith on French horn, Borges on trombone, Jason Roland Smith on tuba, Roger Braun on drums and Sean Parsons on piano.

WHAT: “Birth of the Cool: A Tribute to Miles Davis”

WHO: Faculty Chamber Music Recital

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m.

WHERE: ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street