The legendary Miles Dewey Davis, known as “The Prince of Darkness” meets the immortal John William Coltrane, one who aspired to sainthood despite his demons in the RLO, Jazz Diva and Quentin Talley production of “Miles and Coltrane: Blue(.) The final performance is Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square at 3:00 p.m..
This “On the road to Edinburgh Fundraiser” will be crucially important to their international exposure and Broadway aspirations.
After Sunday’s matinee, join the cast party at 5:30 p.m. at DuppandSwat on 2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 112b in the atrium at Amelie’s.
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Miles & Coltrane actors Sultan Omar El-Amin and Quentin Talley
You will support local arts. Featured through June 2, 2013 at Spirit Square, the play about two jazz legends who worked together in the middle of the 20th Century is a fundraiser to support a return to Scotland for the Fringe Festival. Rather than using a cast of only 5 as was done previously, this time the full cast of 12 will go for a one month appearance in August. Admission fees will support this effort. There is also a website for online contributions.
Quentin Talley as John Coltrane
The actors are powerful in their roles. Quentin Talley portrays saxophonist John Coltrane with Sultan Omar El-Amin delivering a performance as trumpeter Miles Davis. Their speech and mannerisms are on point. El-Amin frequently touches his lips calloused by his trumpet mouthpiece as Miles would, speaking in a raspy voice which Miles developed by shouting after a throat surgery. Talley shows the earnest, serious, eventually sacred bent of Coltrane’s persona, culled by his North Carolina church roots, and his intense love of music.
Sultan El-Amin as Miles Davis
The music is outstanding. The show begins with a knock out performance by “The Sessions.” Marcus Jones on sax and Eleazar Shafer on trumpet do the music justice, eliciting spontaneous applause after every solo as if the audience were in a New York nightclub. Tim Singh on bass, Harvey Cummings on piano and Tim Scott on drums round out the onstage band’s hot interpretations of Davis and Coltrane classics.
Carlos Robson as Heroin
The message is about more than music. Both artists were heavily involved with drugs. Miles’ character says about one point in his music career, “I stayed high all the time.” Coltrane’s character nods out onstage. The soul searching monologues and dialogues about substance abuse, with Heroin personified taking the stage to claim authorship of the signature Coltrane composition “A Love Supreme”, are amusing and melancholy at the same time.
Kendrea Mekkah Griffith as Alice Coltrane
Why pay Broadway prices in the future? The goal of going to Edinburgh, Scotland with a full cast is to gain international attention, ultimately to open in New York. Why wait for what seems inevitable when this weekend you will realize more bang for the buck while benefiting these artists now when they need it most?