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Music Talk: Monday 31 May 2021
Meeting open for joining at 6:45 pm Beirut Time (GMT+3 or UCT+3)
Talk starts at 7:00 pm and until 8:30

An Eving with Miles Davis
Language: English
Speaker: Akram Najjar

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Profile of the Talk

Miles Davis can be considered to be one of the most influential Jazz musicians ever. He started playing the trumpet at 12 and played in various school bands. His professional career started with the band of Billy Eckstine. There he met and learnt a lot from Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, both to become the founders of Bebop.
Having registered in the Julliard School to learn music composition, he found himself spending his evenings in the clubs of the 52nd street in New York.
On several occasions, Miles Davis was to change the face of Jazz. He did that because of his constant need to change and keep moving forwards. It helped him that he often identified musical talent and formed various of his groups with them. He gave them the freedom to excel. He could then be one of the founders of various Jazz schools. Akram will go through the various stages in Miles Davis' checkered career showing video clips of his key works.

Akram Najjar is a graduate of AUB in Physics and Mathematics (1966). By 1969, he completed a degree in Electronic Engineering in University of Hertfordshire, UK. His professional life was spent in Information Technology and organizational management. He spent a lot of time on reengineering business and public sector processes.
When Akram was 14, he chanced upon an evening program that presented one Jazz great at a time. He was hooked in Jazz in parallel with his love for Classical music. In our earlier Season 3 and 4, he gave 2 workshops: "For the Love of Jazz" and "Ten Great Jazz Songs". He also gave a talk on "What is the Blues?" in Summer 2017.

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