ALTON — The ninth annual Miles Davis Jazz Festival will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway.
Tickets are $25 and available by contacting the Alton Museum of History and Art, the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau or on Facebook at 2014 Miles Davis Jazz Festival in Alton.
The headlining act is the Russell Gunn Trio, with drummer Montez Coleman and bassist Bob DeBoo. Gunn, twice nominated for a Grammy on the trumpet, is an East St. Louis native who recorded with and won a Pulitzer Prize in music as part of Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s “Blood on the Fields” project. Gunn also recorded the 2007 CD “Russell Gunn Plays Mikes.”
“Elektrik Funeral” is Gunn’s most recent CD (2013), which features Branford Marsalis, Andre Glasper, Andre Hayward and Fred Wesley. He has also recorded with the late Lou Reed, Maxwell, Cee-Lo Green, Ne-Yo, and most recently, singer Dionne Farris.
Gunn now resides in Atlanta. Gunn and Coleman are graduates of Lincoln High School in East St. Louis, Miles Davis’ high school; they were part of Lincoln’s highly decorated jazz band.
Veteran saxophonist Fred Walker, a festival favorite, will open the show. Walker, who owns Star City Records in St. Louis, plays smooth jazz with a sweet, almost perfect tone, primarily on soprano and alto. This will be Walker’s third festival appearance. His most recent CD is “Intimate Sketches,” released at the end of 2013.
Alt/progressive rock band Locrian Manor will be the festival’s second act. Singer Donnie Myatt and guitarist Bruce Bonebrake and Jonathan Sterling front this rising act, while drummer Bruce Coplin and bassist Joseph Rather round out the quintet, which has been together for three years.
A $250 music scholarship will be presented to a high school senior at the festival, which benefits the Alton Museum of History and Art, a nonprofit organization.
For information, call Lee Barham at 618-799-9157.