Plans are in motion to erect a bronze statue of jazz musician Miles Davis at his birthplace in Alton, Ill. The city council of Alton gave its approval in July, and sculptor Preston Jackson has been commissioned to build the statue.
Jackson's design was selected out of a pool of ten. A professor emeritus from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jackson is also a musician and lover of jazz music.
Jazz Unlimited Sunday evening, July 14 will have “Music from the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals-Part One” The Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals are the longest running jazz festivals in history. Newport was founded in 1954 and Monterey in 1957. Newport was wracked by riots in 1960, 1970 and 1974, was canceled for a time and moved to New York City for a time in the 1970’s. The riots were caused by drunken young people who were attracted to the festivals when they added popular rock groups to boost attendance. Monterey has run uninterrupted for 55 years with its make-up of mainly