Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center Continues To Celebrate Its Newly Opened Doors
Phoenix, Ariz. – This year marks Miles Davis’ 20-year memorial. But everyday is a day to celebrate the life and music of the jazz visionary, according to his nephew and president of Miles Davis Properties Vince Wilburn Jr. Miles fans in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to celebrate his legacy with an exclusive spoken-word production, Cool Like That: A Tribute To Miles Davis, at Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center Dec 2-4.
The production, created by Arizona-based BlackPoet Ventures, will run for five performances at the newly opened center of the renown blues and jazz vocalist. Since January, Morrison’s center has been a feature of Leimert Park, historically known as an African-American cultural hub. Her vision is to bring entertainment and education to the area and to be a launching pad for future artists.
Part of BPV’s BioRhythMic Series, Cool Like That will utilize live music, dance, song and visual presentation to expose new and old fans to the musical genius.
“Miles Davis has been called a poet with his trumpet,” says Erik O’Neal, executive director of BlackPoet Ventures. “It will be his own words found in his autobiography combined with original poetry that will make him come alive.”
Billy Ramsey, artistic director for BlackPoet Ventures and a spoken word artist in his own right, will portray Miles. “Reading Miles’ autobiography I was inundated. Playing the man, I’m completely humbled,” he says. “Miles has dared me, stretched me and taken me to an edge through sound and left yet another remnant of life’s experience to be chased this time via stage.”
Spoken-word artists featured include: Bakeem Lloyd (of Las Vegas), a published poet and slam poetry veteran; teaching-artist Donna Williams (of New York); and Ed Mabrey (of Ohio), published poet, thespian and 2007 Individual World Slam Champion. Choreography and dance by Kiva Holly and Kleven Craig, words by southern California native Camille Jenkins and vocal stylings by Danita Greene and Volina Armstrong. Trumpeter Joseph Leyva, who serves as musical director, and percussionist Lloyd Hardin also will be featured.
Showtimes are 7pm nightly Friday-Sunday, Dec 2-4, with matinees at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center box office and by calling 323-296-2272. Visit BarbaraMorrison.com and BlackPoetVentures.com for more information.