NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) – Downtown Music Publishing has signed a long-term global publishing agreement to represent the entire catalog of legendary jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis.
The deal, signed with the Davis Estate, covers Miles’ entire songbook of more than 250 compositions including songs from albums such as Jack Johnson, Bitches Brew, In a Silent Way and Kind of Blue, the latter of which remains the best-selling jazz record of all time.
In addition to catalog marketing, licensing, and royalty collection, Downtown will collaborate with the Miles Davis Estate on a range of events and other special projects that highlight not only Miles’ compositions and musicianship, but his contributions as a cultural and style icon.
Justin Kalifowitz, CEO of Downtown Music Holdings and Downtown Music Publishing, said: “Miles Davis made an indelible mark on both popular music and culture. Through his exploration and expansion of the language of jazz, Miles pushed the boundaries of genre and influenced generations of artists across the musical spectrum. It’s a legitimate privilege to be entrusted with the care of extraordinary works like ‘So What’ and ‘Blue in Green’ that have shaped the modern musical and cultural landscapes in such a profound way.”
Cheryl Davis, Erin Davis and Vince Wilburn, Jr. from the Miles Davis Estate, added: “We’re excited to embark on this new chapter in paying homage to the legacy of Miles Davis with Downtown Music Publishing. We are confident this move will continue to introduce the musical genius of Miles on a global scale, where his artistry can be noted by many generations to come.”
The announcement follows the recent London premiere of “Miles Davis: Birth of Cool,” the critically-acclaimed documentary chronicling his life directed by Stanley Nelson.
Downtown Music Publishing has established a reputation as a destination for iconic artists. In addition to the complete works of Miles Davis, Downtown Music Publishing manages the works of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, George Gershwin, and John Prine.