After all these years I finally watched SCROOGED (starring Bill Murray) for the first time on my flight to JFK. I’ve been dying to see it for years, esp. since there is an infamous scene with Miles Davis, David Sanborn & Paul Shaffer (who composed the music for the film and who I am certain was the driving force behind persuading Miles to actually APPEAR in the film!) … Hard to believe Miles agreed to appear as a “starving” jazz player, even allowing the filmmakers to position him on a New York City street corner with a suitcase begging for donations!
There’s ANOTHER. much cooler connection that Miles Davis has to Christmas and New York City. It concerns a song that holds the distinction of being the only tune Miles ever recorded with a vocalist, “Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)” the hippest jazz xmas tune ever recorded, and likely the most obscure of Miles Davis distinguished and varied oeuvre.
I’ll be dropping a soecific post about this song a little later, but suffice to say, the folks behind the creation of Scrooged (tho a fine film it is) could have truly upped the Xmas ante by having Miles Davis play BOB’s Song, instead of the royalty free ancient carol that was chosen for that street corner performance of “We Three Kings”.