The Band

VINCENT WILBURN JR.

Vince Wilburn, Jr., nephew of late jazz icon Miles Davis, oversees Miles Davis Properties, LLC, along with Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Cheryl Davis (daughter of Miles). Wilburn, Jr. is a highly accomplished drummer and producer, who has both toured and recorded with Miles on many legendary recordings from 1984 through 1987, including: The GRAMMY-Award winning album “AURA” — which he coproduced; “Decoy” – which he also co-produced; “You’re Under Arrest”, and the 2008 GRAMMY nominated “Miles From India” – which hit #8 on the Billboard jazz charts. Vince has also toured internationally with the Miles From India ensemble.

He founded Nefdrum Productions in 1989 and has been busy with many projects, including all-star performances by music icons Billy Preston, Ray Parker, Jr., Wah Wah Watson, Freddie Washington, Randy Hall and Phil Upchurch.

He is currently assembling a full length hip-hop remix tribute to honor the classic recordings of Miles Davis. More recently, he co-produced the Miles Davis hip-hop, remix EP – “Evolution of the Groove,” featuring Nas and Santana.

He is Executive Producer of the forthcoming Miles Davis film, starring Don Cheadle, directed by Antoine Fuqua and scored by multiple GRAMMY Award winner Herbie Hancock. The U.S. Postal Service will honor Miles Davis with a Forever stamp available this June.

The Hollywood Bowl and the LA Philharmonic will honor Miles with “A Celebration of Miles Davis” on June 27 featuring the Miles Electric band, led by Wilburn, Jr., along with peformances by Jimmy Cobb and the Kind of Blue band and jazz great Marcus Miller.

JOHN BEASLEY

Pianist/composer John Beasley’s playing and music is best described by Bill Kohlhassee, LA Times critic: “Beasley, the onetime keyboardist for Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, reflects a variety of generational influences, incorporating the emphatic chordal clusters of Herbie Hancock, the rhythmic quirkiness of Monk and the lush intelligence of Art Tatum into a highly refined personal voice.

Beasley’s Positootly! earned him a GRAMMY nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Album. For his most recent album 3 Brave Souls, he reunites with fellow Miles Davis alumni bassist Darryl Jones and master drummer Ndugu Chancler for a rousing brand of jazz inspired by funk, soul and their shared Louisiana roots.

Currently, he is juggling touring, composing for a documentary, title for a TV series and films, while arranging for the Luckman Jazz Orchestra and The Tonight Show band, and writing/arranging music for other artists. He was former Music Director for tours with A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Queen Latifah, Steely Dan, including Artistic Director for the 25th anniversary Gala event for the Thelonius Monk Institute.

ROBERT IRVING III

Robert Irving III completes a distinguished lineage of post-bop pianists who collaborated with the legendary Miles Davis. Irving’s composition “Space” inspired Davis’ comeback in 1979. He soon evolved into the roles of Davis’ producer, musical director and film composer to become the jazz icon’s longest collaborator (1979-1988).

During this time Irving scored music for the film Street Smart, which starred Morgan Freeman in his first Oscar-nominated performance. The score featured the trumpet of Miles Davis. As a musician and as producer of three Grammy award nominated projects, Irving worked closely with music greats such as Sting, Wayne Shorter, Ramsey Lewis, Billy Joel, Sister Sledge, Terri Lyne Carrington, Diane Reeves, David Murray, Doudou N’Diaye Rose, Regina Carter, Wallace Roney, John Scofield, Kirk Whalum, Markus Klinko, Grover Washington Jr. and many others.

More recently, Irving’s orchestral creation, “Sketches of Brazil” received three standing ovations during its recent debut before a record crowd of 12,500 at Chicago’s Millennium Park. Irving presented the piece in homage to his mentors Miles Davis and Gil Evans on the 50th anniversary of their seminal recording “Sketches of Spain.” Irving is currently completing his first memoir entitled, “Harmonic Possibilities.”

MINO CINELU

As a child, Mino Cinelu first learned to play the guitar. He discovered the drums and percussion and then became a professional musician at the age of sixteen. Traveling between London and New York, he collaborated with a large number of musicians, with diverse origins including jazz, funk, rap, electro, flamenco and pop. Some of his collaborations include Miles Davis, Sting, Weather Report, Herbie Hanckok, Lou Reed, Vicente Amigoa and Stevie Wonder.

As a composer, multi-instrumentalist, programmer and producer, Mino has left his mark on many kinds of music, and his reputation has earned him the status of “a man of all talents”. He has released two solo albums “Mino Cinelu” and “Quest Journey”. He has composed and played the music to the film “La Californie”, which was nominated at the Cannes Film Festival.

Munyungo Jackson

From Congas and Timbales, Djembes and Jun Juns, Surdos and Timbaos, Bongos and Cajons, (and many other hand instruments related), to samplers and computers, seasoned percussionist Munyungo Jackson possesses an ever-increasing collection of instruments with which to execute his craft. In his over 40 years of playing, he has performed with Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Karen Briggs, Kenny Loggins, the Zawinal Syndicate, George Howard, Ronnie Laws, The Temptations, Four Tops, The Supremes, and dozens of others, including numerous ethnic music and dance troupes.

Munyungo was born in Los Angeles, California and is the nephew of the legendary jazz, pop, and blues singer Nellie Lutcher. In addition to his concerts, tours and recording work, Munyungo is one of the Co-Producers of the Watts Towers Day Of The Drum Festival, which brings together master drummers from all over the world to present their expertise, and the Watts Towers Jazz Festival, which presents Great Jazz musicians performing music from many different musical genres.

Munyungo is currently working with Stevie Wonder and the Miles Electric Band.

DARRYL JONES

Darryl Jones was born in Chicago. At age 7 he began studying drums with his father.Two years later, after seeing a neighbor play bass guitar in an elementary school talent show, he switched to bass. He studied music under Dr. Joseph Miller at Chicago Vocational High school which had an advanced music program.

After attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for one year Darryl returned to Chicago to study at the American Conservatory of Music and began working in the local music scene playing with legendary jazz and blues artist Phillip Upchurch amongst others.

Darryl emerged onto the international music scene in 1983 after auditioning for and being hired by music giant Miles Davis.

After moving to New York City in 1984, Darryl began performing with many of the great musicians on the scene including guitarists John Scofield (a Miles Davis band member at the time), Hiram Bullock and longtime Miles Davis collaborator Gil Evans.

In 1985 Darryl joined Sting, along with Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Omar Hakim, Janice Pendarvis and Dolette McDonald to record “The Dream Of the Blue Turtles.” This band also appeared in the full feature length film “Bring On The Night” as well as a world tour and live recording of the same name.

During the next ten years Darryl toured and recorded with Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Joan Armatrading and many others.

In 1993 he recorded “Voodoo Lounge” with the Rolling Stones and joined them on the subsequent world tour. Darryl has been recording and touring with the Stones since then.

In 1996 Darryl scored the film “Love Jones” and acted in a few small roles in a variety of movies.

Currently, Darryl is teaching at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles while co-leading two trios: ”Stone Raiders” featuring Living Color drummer Will Calhoun and Jean Paul Bourelly, and “3 Brave Souls” with Miles Davis alumni John Beasley and Ndugu Chancelor.

Blackbyrd McKnight

Blackbyrd Mcknight encompasses many styles of music to make up what he calls “Progressive Funk-Rock”. Blackbyrd was grooved in the cradle by his father’s broad collection of jazz recordings as an infant, brainwashed by Jimi Hendrix in his teens, entered the University of Funk in his twenties, and has never stopped evolving and rocking people ever since. In the early stages of his career, Blackbyrd mainly worked with Jazz musicians, such as Charles Lloyd, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters, and more. He then redirected his path towards funk when he joined the P-Funk Camp in 1978 and has been funking people up ever since. He was the musical director of George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic from 1980 to 2008.

Other than working with P-Funk artists such as George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and Bernie Worrell, Blackbyrd has also worked with Miles Davis, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ron Wood & Bernard Fowler of the Rolling Stones, Bill Laswell, HR of Bad Brains, Macy Gray, Fishbone and Wyzard of Mothers Finest to name but a few.

His first solo appearance in New York with Will Calhoun, Melvin Gibbs and Ronny Drayton at Knitting Factory in September 2007 anticipated his musical movement for the near future, as well as the collaboration with Bernie Worrell to form the new supergroup “SociaLybrium” in 2008.

Blackbyrd has recharged himself after resigning his duty as a musical director of P-Funk in early 2008 and he is now back on the scene with his long awaited first solo album “’Bout Funkin’ Time” which was released in November 2009. He has started performing as a solo artist and looks forward to rocking your neighborhood.

BADAL ROY

Roy was born into a Hindu family in a predominantly Muslim eastern Bengal region of India (which later became East Pakistan, then Bangladesh). He speaks the Bengali, English, Hindi, and Urdu languages. His father was a government official who served in the distinguished position of Joint Secretary. His nickname, Badal (meaning “rain,” “cloud,” or “thunder” in the Bengali language), was given to him by his grandfather after he began crying in the rain as a baby.

An early inspiration for Roy was American popular music, and he particularly enjoyed the music of artists such as Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, and Nat King Cole. His first exposure to jazz came when he saw a concert by Duke Ellington and his 60-member orchestra at the Metropole Hotel in Karachi, West Pakistan in 1959; he and his brother were the only Pakistanis in attendance (the rest of the audience was white).

Roy received a master’s degree in statistics. He came to New York City in 1968 to work on a Ph.D. With only eight dollars in his pocket, he began working as a busboy and waiter in various Indian restaurants, including Taste of India and Raga. He later settled in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey.

Roy began playing the tabla at age 10, studying with his uncle. After coming to New York, he began performing with Steve Gorn at a Manhattan restaurant called Raga, eventually attracting the attention of Miles Davis. Davis invited Roy to join his group, and he recorded on Davis’s albums On the Corner (1972), Big Fun (1969–72; released 1974), and Get Up with It (1970–74). Roy subsequently performed and recorded with many leading jazz musicians, including Davis, Dave Liebman, Pharoah Sanders, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Herbie Mann, Pat Metheny, Lester Bowie, Airto Moreira, Charlie Haden, Purna Das Baul, Yoko Ono, and Ornette Coleman (playing in Coleman’s electric band Prime Time). In the 1990s Roy began performing with the Brazilian guitar duo Duofel. He has also collaborated with Ken Wessel and Stomu Takeishi in a fusion trio named Alankar. They currently have one album entitled Daybreak.

Roy has appeared and offered workshops at Rhythm Fest, the Starwood Festival, and at the SpiritDrum Festival, a special tribute to the late Babatunde Olatunji (co-sponsored by ACE and Musart) with Muruga Booker, Jim Donovan of Rusted Root, Halim El-Dabh, Richie “Shakin’” Nagan, Jeff Rosenbaum and Sikiru Adepoju, among others.

He often plays with Muruga Booker in the Global Village Ceremonial Band, and with Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts. In 2004, Roy worked with Richie Havens on the album The Grace of the Sun. In the first half of 2006, Roy travelled to Japan in order to appear in a tribute for David Baker, his recently deceased recording engineer and friend.

In addition to tabla, Roy also plays a variety of percussion instruments including shakers, bells, rain stick, and flexatone. His notable students include Geoffrey Gordon.

In 2008 the album Miles From India, a tribute to Miles Davis on which Roy appeared, received a Grammy nomination. Unlike many tabla players, Roy does not come from a family of professional musicians. He is essentially self-taught, although he studied with his late maternal uncle Dwijendra Chandra Chakraborty as a child, and also studied briefly with Alla Rakha. Consequently, his playing is freer than that of many other tabla players, who adhere more strictly to the tala system of Indian rhythm. He often plays a set of up to eight tabla (tuned to different pitches) and two baya at a time, which he plays melodically as well as rhythmically.

ANTOINE RONEY

(Born April 1, 1963) is an American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist, brother to trumpeter Wallace Roney. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts of the D. C. Public Schools and attended college at The Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford, where he studied with alto saxophonist, Jackie McLean. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s he worked with Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Clifford Jordan, Ted Curson, John Patton, Rashied Ali, Arthur Taylor, Jesse Davis, Ravi Coltrane, Michael Carvin, Freddie Hubard, Elvin Jones and Wallace Roney and has released five albums as a leader. Antoine Roney have extensively traveled throughout the world for performances and cultural studies.

DJ LOGIC

The theorem of turntablist as musician has been long proven in the capable hands of DJ Logic, whom with jazz as his foundation has become a wax innovator by crossing genres and sprinkling his sound across the map. As one of the world’s most accomplished turntablists, DJ LOGIC is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip hop realms and is considered by most as a highly respected session musician and an innovative bandleader.

Since his emergence in the early nineties amidst the Bronx hip-hop scene, the New York City based deejay has been amassing a veritable mountain of collaborations, including full fledged bands with members of BLUES TRAVELER (THE JOHN POPPER PROJECT FEATURING DJ LOGIC), a trio with STEVE MOLITZ & FREEKBASS (HEADTRONICS) & a Global Jazz Band with Jason Miles (GLOBAL NOIZE), along with other collaborations with artists such as MEDESKI MARTIN AND WOOD, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, O.A.R., CARLY SIMON, MARCUS MILLER, JACK JOHNSON, VERNON REID, WARREN HAYNES, CHARLIE HUNTER, JACK DeJOHNETTE, JOHN MAYER, BEN HARPER, MOS DEF and THE ROOTS.

DJ LOGIC and his role as an electronic-music ambassador keeps him at the top of his game. Whether the scratch artist instructs tablas to flirt with drum ‘n’ bass (such as on his NINA SIMONE and BILLY HOLIDAY remixes found on Sony Legacy’s Remixed and Reimagined volumes) , or while meshing free styling MC’s with Afro-Cuban rhythms (such as on ‘Share Worldwide Funk’ – a remix produced for JACK DeJOHNETTE and Golden Beams Collected, Logic can always be found paying homage to his predecessors while contributing his vision to the deejay genre.

While the context of his work may vary, DJ LOGIC’s spinning skills are definitely beyond reproach. He works with a phenomenal roster of invited guests, and he knows how to pick his collaborators as well as his samples. With a growing catalogue of recordings under his belt, DJ LOGIC’s supreme musicianship and eclectic taste will allow him to journey wherever an infectious groove may take him.

Band members subject to change.

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