Keyon Harrold (Courtesy photo)

Tribute band brings back the spirit of Miles Davis

Text Gary Chun
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The latter-day Miles Davis "returns" to Hawaii for a three-night stint at the Blue Note Hawaii in the form of Keyon Harrold as part of the 10-member ensemble of the Miles Electric Band.

The late, chameleon-like jazz legend last played here at the Waikiki Shell back in August 1989 when our very own Hawaii-born bass master Benny Rietveld was a part of the master's band. Now, with Harrold representing the spirit of Miles, an equally adept bassist in the form of fellow Davis alumnus Darryl Jones (also Sting and the Rolling Stones) is part of the tribute band that will play two shows a night starting Thursday through Saturday at the club at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort.

Harrold is no stranger to emulating the sound of Miles Davis. He mimicked the trumpet work of actor Don Cheadle, who himself was mimicking Miles in the biopic Miles Ahead. He also has quite the impressive resumé, having lent his talents to artists like Common, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, and D'Angelo and the Vanguard.

The rest of the band ain't too shabby either: Other latter-day Davis alumni include nephew Vince Wilburn Jr. and Robert Irving III, plus noted musicians Blackbyrd McKnight on guitar and percussionist Munyungo Jackson are on board. DJ Logic, Greg Spero, Antoine Roney and Debasish Chaudhauri round out an incredible lineup of musicians, all to honor the man, the myth, the legend.

This is a can't-miss opportunity to experience some top-flight jazz. Click here for ticket information.


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