“You have to not be afraid to fail”
Longtime professor and co-director of Jazz Studies Ron Miles on creativity, community – and Kendrick Lamar.
By Cory Phare
Ron Miles is a musical icon – but you won’t hear him say that.
But he would rather talk about the role of mentorship in mastering a craft. Or the lessons that Langston Hughes and Kendrick Lamar can teach us about contemporary society, applied through the lens of music.
These critical conversations can be found musically throughout Miles’ lauded most recent album, “I Am a Man,” inspired by the Memphis sanitation-worker strike of 1968 that subsequently brought the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to the city where he was later assassinated.
Take a listen to our conversation on inspiration and collaboration with the Colorado jazz legend as part of our Coffee Break podcast series.
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