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Film Screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool at the GEM Theater

GEM Theater

1615 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


On Sunday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m. the National Archives in partnership with the American Jazz Museum, the Bruce Watkins Cultural Center, Kansas City Public Television, and the Greater KC Black History Study Group, will offer a screening of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. This program will take place at the GEM Theater, 1615 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO. Reservations are requested for this free program.

Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Miles was a singular force of nature, the very embodiment of cool. The central theme of Miles Davis's life, and of this film is his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. This documentary feature explores archival photos and home movies shot by Davis and his colleagues, his manuscripts and Davis’s original paintings, to explore the man behind the music. Featuring interviews with some of the most well-known musicians on the planet, including Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Carlos Santana, The Roots, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the film explores why Miles continues to be a relevant voice in today's world.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool is a part of the PBS American Masters series. The film was directed by awarding winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson Jr., and earned a 2020 Grammy® nomination in the “Best Music Film” category. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool premieres nationwide Tuesday, February 25 at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on PBS, check local listings at




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