Miles Ahead - Films & Words at The Flash

Miles Ahead - Films & Words at The Flash

Mike Billingsley

Sun, July 29, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$10.00 - $25.00

This event is all ages

Miles Ahead
Miles Ahead
MILES AHEAD, inspired by events in his life, is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle makes his bravura directorial debut.

In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past.

A wily music reporter, Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) forces his way into Davis’ house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician’s latest compositions. Davis’ mercurial behavior is fueled by memories of his failed marriage to the talented and beautiful dancer Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). During their romance and subsequent marriage, Frances served as Davis’ muse. It was during this period that he released several of his signature recordings including the groundbreaking “Sketches of Spain” and “Someday My Prince Will Come.”

The idyll however, was short lived. The eight-year marriage was marked by infidelity and abuse, and Frances was forced to flee for her own safety as Miles’ mental and physical health deteriorated.

By the late ‘70s, plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.
Mike Billingsley
Mike Billingsley
Mike Billingsley is a jazz trumpet player, songwriter and music professor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of the Arts, a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education also from the University of the Arts and is currently ABD at Rutgers University in pursuance of his Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education degree. He is currently an Associate Professor and the Program Coordinator of Music and Audio at Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ. Professor Billingsley has received numerous grants for performance and lecture series from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Tribeca Film Institute and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. His peers at Camden County College awarded him with the prestigious Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016. He recently co-authored a paper,"Tuning In: Educating, Making Music, and Knowing in Feeling," with Dr. James Giarelli of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. In addition to his work as a sideman on numerous recordings, Billingsley has released two full-length albums of original compositions. When he is not teaching or spending time with his wife and two children, Professor Billingsley loves to perform jazz music around the Philadelphia region.
Venue Information:
The Kennett Flash
102 Sycamore Alley
Kennett Square, PA, 19348
http://www.kennettflash.org