When: Sat., May 21 2011
What: Jazz critic Steve Holtje once described the late, great Miles Davis as the man who “changed the style of his music more than any other jazz musician of his stature.” Indeed. The trumpeter and composer veered from phase to phase over five decades — from the big-band swing of the 1940s and the be-bop styles of the 1950s through more avant-garde and fusion notions later on. Conducted by trumpeter Charlton Singleton, the 20-piece Charleston Jazz Orchestra (Charleston’s very own big band) performs an mix of popular early- and late-era songs and melodies by Davis, with an emphasis on material from the 1956 album Birth of the Cool, a collection of moody ballads and bop, and the 1959 masterpiece Kind of Blue. The music starts at 7 p.m. with intermission between sets.