A February 22 performance by a Bolles jazz ensemble wowed an Activities period crowd on the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus, giving the audience a taste of the American jazz trumpeter-composer Miles Davis’ musical flavor.
The group performed three pieces from Davis’ “Kind of Blue” studio album, which was recorded in the spring of 1959 in New York City. For the recording, Davis led a sextet featuring saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, pianist Bill Evans, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb, with new band pianist Wynton Kelly appearing on one track in place of Evans. “Kind of Blue” has been regarded by many critics as the greatest jazz record, Davis' masterpiece and one of the best albums of all time. Its influence on music, including Jazz, rock, and classical genres, has led writers to also deem it one of the most influential albums ever recorded.
The Bolles musicians who performed in the live demonstration were: Samuel Greenhut ’24, Timothy Groover II ’24, Grayson Josephson ’23, Carter Lekas ’24, Daniel Nesmith ’21, Joseph Tepas IV ’24 and Samuel Tuttle ’21. The combo group is a precursor to the Bolles Jazz Band, director Maggie Vance said. The entire Jazz Band will perform in a live outdoor concert on the river March 30, she said.