A new exhibition has opened – at The Cite de la Musique in Paris – called “We Want Miles” – in hommage to American jazz supremo Miles Davis. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the classic album “Kind of Blue”, and the 60th anniversary of Miles Davis’ first visit to Paris – which was also his first international trip.
Says curator Vincent Bessieres: “Paris was an important event in his career for many reasons. Firstly he realised that he wasn’t there simply to amuse people who had come into a club for a drink, but he was treated as an artiste in his own right, and second, he started a love affair with Juliette Greco who was white, and that was something that could never have happened at that time in the States because of the segregation laws. “Miles Davis was always aware of the colour of his skin, and he was very proud of it while simultaneously refusing to be imprisoned by a caricature of a black American musician – so he consciously collaborated with both black and white musicians, and he took different musical directions too, meaning that for him jazz was an open music, not a closed space. “Today, jazz is really seen as a music open to exterior influences, a mixed and varied music – and even at the end of his life Miles Davis was moving in new directions, he had started working with rappers.” The exhibition runs until 17th January. For more information see: tagURLhttp://www.citedelamusique.fr/anglais/Default.aspx￼