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60th Anniversary Celebration of Miles Davis’ 'Kind of Blue' | Lynn Grissett Sextet

  • The Fruit 305 South Dillard Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)

On August 17, 1959, jazz giants turned their back on standard chord progressions and introduced the understated warmth of modality to a world that would be forever changed. The release of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue — the most important, influential, and best-selling jazz record of all time — represented an instantly successful and universally acknowledged masterpiece, revered as much by rock and classical music fans as by jazz lovers. Kind of Blue is not only regarded as the seminal work in Davis’ remarkable catalog, but the “painterly masterpiece” is regularly included in debates as the greatest album of all time (Rolling Stone).  

Renowned for his tenure as a member of Prince’s peerless New Power Generation, Lynn Grissett’s trumpet playing is near-mythic. Boasting a spellbinding tone and pitch-perfect soloing, Grissett has earned countless awards that have propelled him into the musical company of Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Branford Marsalis, Maceo Parker, Larry Graham, Liv Warfield, Trombone Shorty, and others. Along the way, he’s performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Montreux Jazz Festival, The Arsenio Hall Show, and Essence Festival. 


  • Lynn Grissett, trumpet

  • Sam King, alto saxophone

  • Brian Horton, tenor saxophone

  • Ernest Turner, piano

  • Kenny Phelps-McKeown, bass

  • Devin Fuller, drums

Earlier Event: August 12
99 Brass Band
Later Event: August 26
Annalisa and Zen Poets