Towards the end of his life, trumpeter Miles Davis predicted who some of the greatest artists of the future would be. Published in his autobiography, which was released posthumously, Davis selected three musicians to carry on the burning fire of music: Fela Kuti, Kassav and Prince.
With the recent passing of the legendary guitarist, we can look back at this unique relationship between Davis and Prince. Here’s Miles Davis talking about Prince’s influences and abilities:
In the autobiography, Davis wrote: “Prince is from the school of James Brown … but Prince got some Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix and Sly in him, also, even Little Richard. He’s a mixture of all those guys and Duke Ellington. He reminds me, in a way, of Charlie Chaplin, he and Michael Jackson … I think Prince’s music is pointing toward the future.”
Indeed, Prince would press the boundaries of music forward throughout his entire career, even releasing three albums in the last year alone. Prince’s passing hangs heavy in the hearts of many.
One magical night, on the final day of 1987, the two musicians collaborated for a jam session that none will soon forget. Playing music from both of their catalogs, as well as tracks from legends like James Brown, Duke Ellington and more, this was an unforgettable New Year’s Eve at Paisley Park.
Listen to the recording from this 12/31/87 session below:
On Sunday, April 30, Prince, and the many incredible artists that we lost in 2016, will be honored in New Orleans during Jazz Fest for a “Funk 2016: A Tribute To Musicians We Lost” tribute concert at the Howlin’ Wolf. Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Maurice White, Phife Dawg, and more will all be honored with musical collaborations from Michelangelo Carubba, Shira Elias, Sammi Garett, Craig Brodhead, and the entire horn section from Turkuaz, along with Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers, and Lyle Divinsky of The Motet, D.J. Williams of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Danny Mayer of the Eric Krasno Band, Steveland Swatkins of Allen Stone’s band, Khris Royal and Maurice “Mobetta” Brown.
The Revivalists side project RumpleSTEELskin will open the night, while Brooklyn’s own The London Souls will perform a special super-late-night performance in The Den immediately following the Fu*k 2016 tribute set. Make no mistake, this is sure to be one of the biggest throwdowns during Jazz Fest!
Tickets for this special late-night performance are on sale NOW at this link!