Emmett Price, associate professor, Music, Northeastern University

Recorded in three sessions between 1949 and 1950 but not released until 1957, the album Birth of the Cool was a masterpiece that introduced Miles Davis’s cultural aesthetic to 1940s and ’50s Hollywood—and a new sound that changed jazz forever.

Four-session course tickets ($96 member, $120 nonmember) are not available online.
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Love jazz and The Birth of the Cool? Attend “An Afternoon in Words and Music with Lee Konitz,” a conversation and concert with the legendary jazz composer and saxophonist Lee Konitz, who performed with Miles Davis on The Birth of the Cool.

Above: Gebruder Alexander, Trumpet in B-flat, about 1920. 2012.948. Brass, nickel silver. Gift of Robert Hazen.