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Win: Tickets to 'Miles Ahead' film portrait

Trumpeter and bandleader Mile Davis almost single-handedly changed the direction jazz at least once per decade for nearly 50 years. Rather than producing a conventional biopic, actor and director Don Cheadle has released a fictional look at the musical genius's late '70s seclusion. And you could win tickets to see "Miles Ahead" at the Loft!

From pioneering bebop during World War II, to cool jazz, Latin-flavored recordings, third stream and modal compositions, soundtracks and funk-inflected jazz fusion, Miles Davis was out in front of other musicians throughout his career.

His struggles with heroin and cocaine and a turbulent personal life often generated headlines, while his personality earned him the nickname "prince of darkness."

In his first film as a director, Cheadle captures the sequestered and troubled Davis at his lowest, and paints an impressionist take on a chase caper that completely eschews the usual form of a movie look at a musical career.

From our friends at the Loft:

Inspired by events in the life of Miles Davis, this is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses.

In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis (played by director and co-writer Don Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past. A wily music reporter, Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor), forces his way into Davis’ house and, over the next few days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician’s latest composition. Plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art. With Miles Ahead, working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle makes his bravura directorial debut.  (Dir. by Don Cheadle, 2015, USA, 100 mins., Rated R)

To enter a win a pair of tickets, comment here with your favorite jazz song (by any artist), or let us know over on our Facebook page. Good luck!

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And the winner is ... Karl Brandt. Thanks for sharing so many great songs, everyone!

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