The first thing I notice about this production is the classy band, led by Paul Jenkins (MD/Tpt/Flugel), and consisting of Julian Siegel (Tenor Sax) , Nathaniel Facey (Alto Sax), Martin Shaw (Tpt), Graham Harvey (Piano), Oroh Angiama (Bass), Shane Forbes (Drums) and Jo Caleb (Guitar).
On Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September there are four performances of Miles Ahead at 3pm and 8pm on each of the two days at the Cochrane Theatre in Southampton Row WC1.
Miles Ahead consists of two shows which also include dancers (what follows is repoduced blurb from HERE )
– FOOTPRINTS IN JAZZ a suite of contemporary jazz dance pieces captures the individual human spirit and collective creative expression that reflects the essence of jazz. Original jazz compositions by Paul Jenkins, creates the perfect musical partnership for captivating jazz dance staged and choreographed by Dollie Henry. Inspiring dance, music and theatrical flair effortlessly infuses the soul and passion of the jazz art form.
-TOUCHES OF MILES pays homage to the life and music of jazz Trumpeter & Composer – Miles Davis in celebration of his 85th Anniversary. This original jazz theatre creation brings to the stage riveting live jazz music with a selection of Miles’ classic compositions including; All Blues, So What, Tutu, Milestones, Seven Steps, Aranjuez and lays the canvas for enthralling jazz dance that colourfully weaves through each variation of the music capturing the cool and enigmatic style reminiscent of a true jazz legend.”