The year 1959 was arguably the most creative year jazz had ever seen. As musicians began breaking away from BeBop and exploring new experimental forms, four albums were released that year that are now widely recognized as the most influential in history: Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, Charles Mingus’s Mingus Ah Um, and Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come. This program will feature a live lecture by noted author, Ashley Kahn, who will explore the history and influences of each of these canonical albums. Following the discussion, an all-star cast of St. Louis musicians, under the direction of bassist Bob DeBoo, will perform selections from these four albums.
The Whitaker Jazz Speaks Series is sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation