And That’s a Wrap! Black History Month Concludes with The Great Miles Davis!

February 27, 2021, 8:55 am

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American trumpeter, bandleader and composer Miles Davis created music for the screen, as well as partnering with arranger Gil Evans to craft classically infused orchestral jazz recordings. Today, as we conclude our month-long celebration of Black film composers, we’ll explore his first film, Ascension to The Gallows, as well as arrangements of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips has discovered yet another use of Mozart in the movies, and Soundtrack producer Greg Broderick treats us to some good old-fashioned fun with Cuphead Carnival!

Concluding today’s show will be a famous section of Disney’s Fantasia and a piece composed by Fantasia’s narrator, Deems Taylor.


Miles Davis: original tracks from Elevator to the Gallows, Miles Davis and a studio ensemble.

Mozart: Requiem in d minor K. 626/Lacrymosa,  Vienna Philharmonic.

Kris Maddigan: Cuphead Carnival/Carnival Kerfluffle

George Gershwin/arr. Gil Evans and Miles Davis: selections from Porgy and Bess, followed by a performance sung by Leontyne Price and William Warfield.

Amilcare Ponchielli: La Gioconda/The Dance of The Hours, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Deems Taylor: Through The Looking Glass, Gerard Schwartz leading the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.