Miles Ahead: A Tribute to Miles Davis
About Miles Davis:
It is important to hold a high standard for our music and preserve its power to future generations in our community, as everything still to follow has come from the birth of Black American Music. #BAM #HAYTI
Over six full decades, from his arrival on the national scene in 1945 until his death in 1991, Miles Davis made music that grew from an uncanny talent to hear the future and a headstrong desire to play it. From his beginnings in the circle of modern jazz, he came to intuit new worlds of sound and challenge. While the vast majority of musicians – jazz, rock, R&B, otherwise – find the experimental charge and imperviousness of youth eventually running down, Miles forever forged ahead, trusting and following instinct until the end. In doing so, Miles became the standard bearer for successive generations of musicians, shaped the course of modern improvisational music more than a half-dozen times.
About Lynn Grissett:
born in Wilmington North Carolina is a 2003 graduate of West Brunswick High School (Shallotte, NC), having participated in Honors, All-County and All-State Jazz Band. In 2001-02 and 2002-03 Lynn was chosen to participate in the High School Honors Jazz Band, hosted by the University of NC at Greensboro (UNCG). He would later be awarded a scholarship to UNCG through the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program. While an undergrad, he immersed himself in all genres of music and frequently performed when and wherever he could. He formed The Lynn Grissett Trio and Quartet in 2007 and was a regular at many of the local and state-wide jazz venues.Lynn graduated from UNCG in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance (Concentration: Jazz Studies).
Eager to expand his musical endeavors beyond the formal setting of a classroom and the occasional gig, Lynn enrolled in Graduate School at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) of Durham, NC. While there Lynn had the incredible experience of studying music under the tutelage of Branford Marsalis, Robert Trowers, Dr. Ira T. Wiggins, Mr. Brian Horton, and Baron Tymas. In 2011 Lynn was voted Best Jazz Soloist at the 50th Anniversary of the Villanova Jazz Festival. Lynn’s Master’s Degree in Music Performance (Jazz Studies) was obtained in 2012. Though his genre of preference and first love is jazz, Lynn studies, writes and performs all genres of music. In addition to the trumpet, Lynn proficiently plays saxophone. His dedication to his craft, has propelled him into the company of many reputable professional musicians and recording artists. Some of these artists include: Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Max Wienberg, the late Dewey Redman, Winard Harper, Cyrus Chestnut, Ocie Davis, Kobie Watkins, Terri Lynne Carrington, Liv Warfield, and Andy Allo .
Most recently, Lynn has the distinct privilege of being a member of New Power Generation Hornz; the horn section of the band New Power Generation (NPG) led by Prince.