I recently gave an interview on Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis to the Chicago Tribune. I’ll be presenting my program at the Orland Park Public Library on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 7pm. You can read the article in the Chicago Tribune in print edition and on their website:
‘Kind of Blue’ tribute celebrates seminal Davis album
February 18, 2013|By Jack McCarthy, Special to the Tribune
It’s arguably the greatest jazz recording every conceived with an influence that resonates even after nearly 54 years.
Orland Park Public Library visitors can find out why as Miles Davis’ monumental 1959 album “Kind of Blue’ is featured in a Feb. 28 program.
“There is something magical about this album that makes everyone a jazz lover,” said Jose Sandoval, a Chicago-area artist and creator of “Kind of Blue: A Piano Tribute to Miles Davis.” “I want to show why it is still is so exciting and why it’s still relevant today.”
Sandoval, a 33-year-old Mount Prospect native, will present his solo piano interpretation and talk about Davis’ life and music during a 60-minute free event in Room 104 of the library, 14921 Ravinia Ave. in Orland Park.
The Orland Park session is among several Sandoval will make through the Illinois Humanities Council’s Road Scholars program. The Council has sent artists, storytellers, historians and other performers to libraries and other venues around the state for the past dozen years.
Davis, an Illinois native who died in 1991 at age 65, was a pioneering jazz musician, bandleader, composer, trumpeter who led the way in developing varying forms of this uniquely-American musical style.
His seminal recording of “Kind of Blue” has reportedly sold more than four million copies in the United States since its release. The BBC’s Chris Jones‘ revisited the album in 2007 and said it changed the face of music.
“Consistently rated not just as one of the greatest jazz albums but as one of the greatest musical statements of the 20th century, its 46 minutes of improvisation and sophistication remain peerless,” Jones wrote.
Sandoval, who discovered the recording while in high school, said he’ll demonstrate how Davis’ work remains fresh and influential.
He’s performed this year at Chicago’s Union League Club and libraries in Park Ridge and Mount Prospect. Future appearances are scheduled at libraries in Moline, Prospect Heights and Rolling Meadows as well as Palatine’s Harper College.
“I want to keep performing this program forever,” he said.
Sandoval has a degree in physics from Harvard and academic interests in math and computer programming. But his real love is music.
“Music is completely my life now,” said Sandoval, who also dabbles in other musical genres.
His latest project is “The Spirit of Motown, Soul and R&B,” a program that focuses on the influences of the Detroit-based sounds of the 1960s.
On Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 7pm, I’ll be presenting a solo piano version of my concert and jazz history program, “Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis,” at the Orland Park Library. Hope to see you there! This event is sponsored in part by the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.
Orland Park Library Events
Kind of Blue: A Tribute to Miles Davis
Jose Sandoval, Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speaker
Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau