SIRIUS XM Radio announced today that it will launch Miles Davis Radio, a 24-hour commercial-free channel devoted to the music and career of Miles Davis, one of the greatest visionaries and most important figures in jazz history.
The limited-run channel will launch on Friday, November 20 at 3:00 pm ET and will run until Wednesday, November 25 on SIRIUS channel 72 and XM channel 70.
Miles Davis Radio, hosted by Davis’ son Erin Davis, his nephew drummer Vince Wilburn Jr. and legendary bassist, producer and writer Marcus Miller, will feature music from Davis’ extensive catalog, which includes over one hundred albums.
Listeners will hear composer and former Miles Davis music director Robert Irving III premiere never before heard soundtrack music recorded by Davis for the 1986 film Wise Guys. In addition, the channel is scheduled to include special segments and interviews with former Davis band members and various guests, including drummer Jimmy Cobb, pianist Herbie Hancock, guitarist John Scofield, pianist Monty Alexander, record executives Bruce Lundvall and Clive Davis, Davis’ long-time road manager Gordon Meltzer, bassist Ron Carter, guitarist Carlos Santana,Rolling Stones bassist Darryl “Munch” Jones and friend and peer Quincy Jones.
Words and music will also be devoted to different phases of Davis’ career including stories from the legend himself. Courtesy of CBS News, excerpts from the 1989 60 Minutes interview with the late Harry Reasoner will be aired and musician/broadcaster Ben Sidran contributes his 1989 conversation conducted on the beach at Davis’ Malibu home.
Miles Davis Radio continues SIRIUS XM’s practice of creating exclusive limited-run artist-branded channels dedicated to iconic musicians. In addition to the current broadcast of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, SIRIUS XM has previously offered limited-run channels such as Mandatory Metallica, Paul McCartney’s Fireman Radio, Rolling Stones Radio, AC/DC Radio, Led Zeppelin Radio, The Spectrum of John Mellencamp,The Who Channel, Radio R.E.M., Coldplay Nation, ABBA Radio,Neil Diamond Radio, Jay-Z Nation, Garth Brooks Radio and Duran Duran’s Red Carpet Radio among many others.
The channel coincides with the November 24 release of Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Album Collection, a deluxe limited edition retrospective of the iconic music Davis created during his 30 years with Columbia Records – 70 CDs and 1 DVD packaged in Japanese-styled mini LP Jackets, plus a 250-page book with a biography, discography, complete song index and rare photos. For more information, visit* www.miles-davis.com.
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