Miles Davis Birthday Celebration: “Birth of the Cool” Join us as some of Northeast Ohio's top jazz musicians recreate the magic of the legendary 1957 Miles Davis album, "Birth of the Cool," in a special birthday tribute concert for the jazz icon! Featuring Jack Schantz, Tom Lehman, Bobby Selvaggio, Chris Coles, Caleb Smith, Sam Hartman, Mark Mauldin, Theron Brown, Kevin Martinez, Anthony Taddeo.

Friday, May 26

Northeast Ohio bassist & composer, Kevin Martinez, leads an ensemble comprised of some of the area’s top jazz musicians in a special birthday tribute to jazz icon, trumpeter Miles Davis! The band will be performing the music from the legendary trumpeter’s 1957 recording, “Birth of the Cool,” on Capitol Records.


Davis, born on this day in 1926, recorded this landmark album for the label over the course of three sessions during 1949 & 1950, which features an unusual instrumentation & several notable musicians. The music consisted of innovative arrangements influenced by classical music techniques such as polyphony, and marked a major development in post-bebop jazz. As the title “Birth of the Cool” suggests, these recordings are considered seminal in the history of cool jazz.
Be sure to join us for this very special concert in salute of one the biggest contributors to jazz – Miles Davis! Get your tickets today! Featuring Jack Schantz & Tom Lehman (trumpets), Bobby Selvaggio & Chris Coles (saxes), Caleb Smith (trombone), Sam Hartman (French horn), Mark Mauldin (tuba), Theron Brown (piano), Kevin Martinez (bass), Anthony Taddeo (drums).


About Kevin Martinez

A native of Northampton, OH, Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree at Columbia College Chicago and his master’s degree in Jazz Composition/ Performance at DePaul University. Upon completing his studies, he continued performing and composing in Chicago where he gained experience playing all styles of music and toured nationally with The Chicago Afrobeat Project.
Since returning to Ohio, Kevin has performed as a member of The Speedbumps, appearing on their last 2 records including 2015’s “Soil to the Seed”. You may also know him from his work with NEO-based singer songwriter Roger Hoover, as well as his orchestral compositional collaborations with the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

8:00 pm

$15 (advance), $20 (door)

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BLU Jazz+ was named one of the "Best Jazz Venues in the World" by DownBeat Magazine (2016, 2017, 2018)
Committed to the preservation of America's treasured art form of jazz, BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF) is a new program developed by the founders of BLU Jazz+ Akron that brings “front-row” jazz education performance & mentorship opportunities to student musicians and art lovers alike through an ongoing series of special events throughout the year.