SUMMIT, NJ - The Film Society of Summit will host the area premiere of 'Miles Davis: The Birth of The Cool', the first music documentary in the Society's fall 2019 'Music Doc Series', on October 4 at 8 p.m.
The 'Music Doc Series' will include upcoming films on Pavarotti, Los Angeles' legendary Laurel Canyon music scene, The Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas, and Leonard Cohen.
Utilizing newly released archival material, alongside interviews with pre-eminent historians and personal friends like Quincy Jones, the film offers a foray into the life and career of musical and cultural icon Miles Davis.
Director Stanley Nelson's superbly crafted documentary taps deep into the mystique of Davis: his sound, stardom, and cult of personality. Nelson’s biopic collects the strands of a creative life and weaves them together for us to understand one of the great modern American artists like never before.
Despite the indignities of America during the time of segregation, nothing was going to stop the intensity and devotion of Davis to his craft and keep him from realizing his dream: to create a new form of musical expression. Davis worked like a physicist with his collaborators to push musical experimentation and widen the tones and lyricism of jazz -- the effects of which are felt to this day.
Featuring interviews with some of the most well-known musicians on the planet, including Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Carlos Santana, The Roots, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the film explores why Davis continues to be a relevant voice in today's world.
The program will be held at MONDO, located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Tickets, priced at $12 in advance and $14 at the door, can be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited.