The newly established Ron Miles Endowed Scholarship Fund seeks to continue that legacy, supported by Rainbow Sign: The Music of Ron Miles, a concert featuring Miles’ music performed by his former bandmates; acclaimed jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist Jason Moran, bassist Thomas Morgan, and drummer Brian Blade.

In March of 2022, the Music Department lost our dear colleague Ron Miles. In his more than 30 years of teaching at MSU Denver, Ron impacted countless lives and inspired so many students to believe in themselves and to enjoy the process of learning and developing as artists and scholars.

Join us for this special celebration of his life and his music.

Event Details:
Friday, February 10, 2023 – 7:30 pm
King Center Concert Hall on the Auraria Campus

Miles introduced the all-star quintet with his widely hailed 2017 release I Am a Man, which built on his trio with Frisell and Blade featured on 2012’s Quiver and 2014’s Circuit Rider. With Moran and Morgan on board Miles’ compressed lyricism continued to unfurl on the 2020 quintet album Rainbow Sign, his debut for the iconic Blue Note label. In adopting the name with its Biblical allusion the Rainbow Sign quartet expands a singular musical legacy. A gentle soul with a steel trap mind, a generous mentor and educator with a deep well of wisdom, Miles created a sumptuously melodic body of music that this band continues to illuminate.

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