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Miles – The Picasso of Jazz

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Mar 3, 10:00am
Rowe Center 10:00am
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Jazz History
Miles – The Picasso of Jazz

Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning

Charles Bergeron, Ph.D., Professor of Jazz History and Program Director for Jazz Pedagogy at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music

Even in jazz music, some artists find their groove and never really leave it. Others simply can’t settle down. Legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis was a musical trailblazer throughout his storied career, restless and curious, ever forging new paths into uncharted territory and gathering like-minded musicians along the way. From his early days playing under bebop legends Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to his work with saxophonists John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderly, and from his work with pianist Bill Evans to delving into the funk/rock world of James Brown and Sly Stone — the transformation of Davis’ music over the years was truly an evolution. This lecture presents a discussion of the different style periods in the evolving artistry of jazz legend Miles Davis.

This presentation is part of Charles Bergeron's Jazz History series.

This Lifelong Learning Jazz History lecture is generously sponsored by The Arlington of Naples.

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Charles Bergeron

Charles Bergeron

Charles Bergeron, Ph.D., is professor of jazz history and ensemble program coordinator at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and is a leading figure in the field of jazz education. His students and ensembles have won many national and international awards and competitions. In addition to working with students majoring in music and jazz studies, Charles is responsible for teaching the evolution of jazz and the history of rock and roll to 400 non-music major students each semester at the University of Miami.

As a jazz bassist and composer, Charles’s unique approach to improvisation and compositional style reflects the wide variety of musical influences while confirming a deep commitment to his musical cultural heritage as a native New Orleanian. This can be seen in his leadership of the South Florida Jazz Orchestra — a critically acclaimed, modern big band comprising many of the top jazz artists and studio musicians in Miami. 

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