Miles Ahead and Born to be Blue draw on the sacrifices professional musicians make for their art, and the consequences that result. Complaints could be lodged. But for the sake of jazz, both are worth discussing.
Phil Dunlap is a professional jazz musician and director of educational programs for Jazz St. Louis, a local nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and performance of jazz music.
Posts by Phil Dunlap
The story of Delyte Morris and the Southern Illinois University he created is what Robert A. Harper calls “a story of unlikely success and a tragic end.” It does read like an American tragedy, somehow, based in a rustic start, ambition, ingenuity, and the fallibility of good intentions.