The 4 Generations of Miles: Cobb, Stern, Williams, Fortune

That would be Miles Davis, and this tribute featuring four major-league players from four different incarnations of his band should be something special. This picks up on an idea that a slightly different lineup recorded live in 2002, then mostly focusing on Miles's '50s repertoire, and that's likely to be the case here. Guitarist Mike Stern was with Miles in the '80s; saxophone giant Sonny Fortune was there a decade earlier; bass virtuoso  Buster Williams a little before that in the late '60s; and master drummer Jimmy Cobb (pictured), at 82 the group's elder statesman, anchored Miles's rhythms in the '50s, including on Kind of Blue, considered by many the quintessential jazz album. And no, there's no trumpet player, by design. However, with the International Trumpet Guild's annual conference coincidentally in town, and jam sessions scheduled later in the evening at the Dakota, a trumpeter or two may be coaxed onto the stage from a list of possibilities including Sean Jones, Lew Soloff, Marcus Printup, Trent Austin, and our own Kelly Rossum, back from exile in New York. $35 at 7 p.m.; $25 at 9 p.m. (Photo by tom.beetz)
Tue., May 24, 7 p.m.; Wed., May 25, 9 p.m., 2011

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