excerpt from 'Glorious Days and Nights: A Jazz Memoir' pp. 25 (182 words)

excerpt from 'Glorious Days and Nights: A Jazz Memoir' pp. 25 (182 words)

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Glorious Days and Nights: A Jazz Memoir

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[I first photographed Miles Davis backstage at ]… the Apollo Theater in Harlem… Miles was up and coming, and he had a great group that included Paul Chambers on bass, Jimmy Cobb on drums, John Coltrane on saxophone, Cannonball Adderley on alto saxophone, and Wynton Kelly on piano… Miles Davis was an innovator. He wasn't such a nice guy. Even when he was starting out, he was difficult, but when he and his group started playing, I started shooting… When he started playing, the music really resonated with me. It was music like I had never heard before. It really got through whatever defenses I had. I couldn't wait to hear Miles. His music just did something to me, like the first time I heard the Beethoven violin concerto as a kid. It just knocked me out. What I recall about that first performance was that Miles played it very straight. He looked very conservative, with short hair and wearing a conservative suit with a white shirt and tie. He wasn't interested in theatrics. He just played his music.

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