- The Washington Times - Monday, August 23, 2004

Miles unmasked

New York Post

Miles Davis — the legendary jazzman whose muted trumpet sound embodied the concept of “cool” until his death in 1991 — will get the warts-and-all treatment in a book by his eldest son, Gregory Davis, to the consternation of the rest of his family.

The book will detail the great musician’s “brilliant Dr. Jekyll and dark Mr. Hyde personality,” Mr. Davis’ co-author, Les Sussman, told the New York Post.

Gregory Davis, who has a master’s degree in psychotherapy and is a jazz musician in his own right, says that when he showed his sister, Cheryl, a copy of the proposal for “Kind of Blue,” “she threw it into the fireplace.”

He says his sister and other members of his family have always been jealous of the special relationship he had with his father.

“He took me on the road when I was 12 with John Coltrane and had me play drum solos. I was his bodyguard and traveled all around the country,” Mr. Davis said.

Brooke on Broadway


Brooke Shields is headed back to Broadway.

The model-turned-actress, whose Broadway credits include the revivals of “Grease! “and “Cabaret,” is set to return to the Great White Way in another revival, “Wonderful Town,” the show’s producers announced Friday.

Miss Shields will replace two-time Tony Award-winner Donna Murphy as Ruth Sherwood beginning Sept. 28 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Miss Murphy received rave reviews and a Tony nomination for her portrayal of the aspiring writer who arrives in New York with her younger sister, Eileen.

In addition to “Grease!” and “Cabaret,” Miss Shields was seen Off-Broadway in “The Vagina Monologues” and “The Exonerated.” Her film credits include “Pretty Baby” and “Endless Love.” She won an American Comedy Award for a guest appearance on NBC’s “Friends,” which led to her hit series “Suddenly Susan.”

“Wonderful Town garnered a 2004 Outer Critics Circle Award for best musical revival as well as a 2004 Tony Award for best choreography for Kathleen Marshall.

New U2

E! Online

It’s going to be a beautiful day for U2 fans come Nov. 23.

Bono and the boys have announced plans to release their still untitled album in the United States then, a day after it drops in the United Kingdom. The first single, “Vertigo,” will hit radio airwaves Sept. 24, while a video for the song will debut in October.

U2’s 11th studio album, produced by Steve Lillywhite, is the follow-up to its multiple-Grammy-winning 2000 disc, “All That You Can Leave Behind.” Besides “Vertigo,” other song titles rumored to be on the Irish rockers’ set include “Tough” and “Full Metal Jacket.”

The U2 fan site @U2 quotes VH1 Senior Vice President Bill Flanagan as saying, “It’s the best album they have ever done. It’s going to knock [listeners] out.”

The album’s release apparently will not be impacted by the disappearance of an early version. A compact disc containing unmixed versions of the tracks went missing from a recording studio in Nice, France, in July, prompting worries that the songs could be leaked on the Internet.

“If it is on the Internet this week, we will release it immediately as a legal download on iTunes and get hard copies into the shops by the end of the month,” Bono said.

“It would be a real pity. It would screw up years of work and months of planning. But once it’s out, it’s out.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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