Fall NYU Course Will Teach Students About Miles Davis

Featuring the academic tandem of Robert Glasper and Ashley Kahn.

Writer and adjunct professor Ashley Kahn works closely with the family of Miles Davis, authored the book Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece and won a Grammy in 2015 for Best Liner Notes for the John Coltrane album Offering. Musician Robert Glasper composed the original score for the new movie Miles Ahead, directed by and starring Don Cheadle as Davis, and has won several Grammys.

Together, they will this fall guide a new undergraduate course on the life and career of Davis. From the NYU announcement:

”It is such an honor to be teaching at The Clive Davis Institute at NYU,” says Glasper. “I am really excited about this subject – the music of Miles Davis!!! This is gonna be an incredible journey and can’t wait to get started.”

“We’re really thrilled to have Robert Glasper join the faculty of The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music,” said Jason King, associate professor and director of Writing, History and Emergent Media Studies at The Clive Davis Institute. “He’ll bring to the classroom superior musical chops and visionary ideas that fuse genres like jazz, R&B, and hip-hop. It’s exciting to think about how his instruction might impact and transform our students’ musical and creative ideas.”

The course is divided into two parts and will start Sept. 6. In a cool twist, the April 5 announcement coincided with Gasper’s birthday.

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