Miles Smiles

Miles Smiles

Miles Smiles

Wallace Roney, Bill Evans, Robben Ford,
Joey DeFrancesco, Victor Bailey & Omar Hakim

Saturday, September 29, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Wallace Roney

Miles Smiles

Miles Smiles

Wallace Roney, Bill Evans, Robben Ford,
Joey DeFrancesco, Victor Bailey & Omar Hakim

Saturday, September 29, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Bill Evans

Miles Smiles

Miles Smiles

Wallace Roney, Bill Evans, Robben Ford,
Joey DeFrancesco, Victor Bailey & Omar Hakim

Saturday, September 29, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Robben Ford

Miles Smiles

Miles Smiles

Wallace Roney, Bill Evans, Robben Ford,
Joey DeFrancesco, Victor Bailey & Omar Hakim

Saturday, September 29, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Joey DeFrancesco

Miles Smiles

Miles Smiles

Wallace Roney, Bill Evans, Robben Ford,
Joey DeFrancesco, Victor Bailey & Omar Hakim

Saturday, September 29, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Omar Hakim

Miles Smiles

More than 20 years after his death, jazz megastar Miles Davis continues to cast a long shadow over the music world. Miles Smiles features some of most prodigious players who thrived in Davis’s final bands, coming together to pay sizzling tribute to their legendary employer. Wallace Roney is the only trumpeter Davis ever mentored and he held down the trumpet chair in the great Tony Williams quintet. Saxophonist Bill Evans had a spectacular run, appearing on six Miles albums in the early ‘80s. Joey DeFrancesco was 17 and unknown outside of Philadelphia when Davis recruited him, a spotlight that revived the flagging fortunes of the Hammond B3 organ. Robben Ford, one of the era’s dominant contemporary jazz guitarists, put in a memorable stint with Davis in the mid-80s.  Drummer Omar Hakim, a veteran of Weather Report, appeared on the landmark Davis albums Tutu and Amandla. The lineup is completed by stellar bassist Victor Bailey, who followed Jaco Pastorius as a longtime member of Weather Report and has performed with artists ranging from Hugh Masekela to Madonna.  This gathering of Davis alums qualifies as a monumental jazz event. 

Artist Personnel

Wallace Roney trumpet
Bill Evans alto saxophone
Robben Ford guitar
Joey DeFrancesco hammond b-3 organ
Victor Bailey bass
Omar Hakim drums

Artist Website

"One of the best band leaders in the music. " — The New York Times on Wallace Roney
"Evans possesses the rare ability to make even the most serious music sound joyous and optimistic. " — All About Jazz
"The finest jazz organist on the planet. " — DownBeat on Joey DeFrancesco
"A master of sophisticated jazz and blues... " — Guitar Player on Robben Ford