Anderson moved to the Tampa Bay area a couple of weeks ago from Nashville, and Craig returned to the region recently to teach at the University of South Florida after two decades in Los Angeles. Suggs has been in Florida for two years, after spending eight years playing jazz trumpet in Argentina.
Together, at HCC's Mainstage Theater on the Ybor City campus, they channeled the Miles Davis spirit to put their own imprint on classic music Davis wrote or recorded between the late 1940s to the late1960s, before he veered into his fusion and pop phases.
The program touched on bebop (John Lewis's "Milestones," the Miles arrangement of Monk's "Round Midnight," If I Were a Bell"), cool jazz/modal ("So What," "Blue in Green," "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Some Day My Prince Will Come" and "My Funny Valentine") and his early experimental phase with his second great quintet featuring Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock ( Shorter's "Nefertiti and E.S.P.").
WUSF in Tampa, 89.7 FM, will continue the Davis celebration with a Miles-a-Palooza programming series that will run throughout May on "All Night Jazz." They've got a lot of fertile ground to cover.
Full disclosure: in addition to covering the concert, I was invited to talk a bit about Miles and sign copies of my book, Jazz in the Key of Light.
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