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Reissue of Miles Davis' 1985 Aura due next week.

Swing-revival aces the Cherry Poppin' Daddies will release Soul Caddy on Oct. 3, and word is that it will have more R&B elements than their 1997 hit Zoot Suit Riot. ...

Next week Columbia/Legacy reissues the 1985 Miles Davis CD Aura, which many aficionados consider his last decent album. It's a big-band effort consisting of a nine-part suite written by Danish trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg and in spirit echoes the Davis-Gil Evans collaborations from the '50s. ...

Session guitar ace Louie Shelton, who has backed everyone from the Monkees to the Jackson 5 to Boz Scaggs, releases the R&B/hip-hop/contempo jazz crossover CD Urban Culture (Nuance) next week. His third solo album features bassist Victor Wooten, saxophonist Jim Horn, drummer Pat McDonald, keyboardist Leroy Ayers and the Memphis Horns. ...

The Veritas organization presents a "Friends of Charlie Parker" concert Sept. 25 at New York's Grand Ballroom. Players include bassists Ray Brown and Ron Carter, alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, drummer Ben Riley, trumpeter Clark Terry and others. For more information, call (212)-590-2110. ...

Avant Christian? On Sept. 3 New York's Knitting Factory is presenting a "Christ A-Go-Go Festival" that, according to a KF press release, will be "an experimental music and art festival celebrating and showcasing the oft-overlooked creative forces at work in the Christian church." Charles Gayle — who pretty much channels Jesus through his saxophone — will perform, as will Therefore, White Trash Inc., Jai Agnish and Soul-Junk. ... The day after that show soprano saxophone icon Steve Lacy performs at the Knitting Factory with his vocalist wife Irene Aebi. ...

The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will begin their fall season playing various cities in Europe and South America. Led by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the orchestra will start Sept. 27 in Braunschweig, Germany, and then cruise to the Czech Republic, Austria, Brazil and Argentina. The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir also will take part in the European performances. ... Before Europe, the orchestra will premiere trombonist Wycliffe Gordon's new film score to the 1925 Oscar Micheaux silent film, "Body and Soul," Sept. 24 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. The film features the screen debut of the great singer Paul Robson. Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Film Society of Lincoln Center are co-producing the event, which takes place during the New York Film Festival. For more information, go to www.jazzatlincolncenter.org. ...

Two forthcoming CDs by late saxophonists Stan Getz and Sonny Stitt draw from the extensive Left Bank Jazz Society vaults that are full of never-released material. On Sept. 26, Label M will issue Getz's My Foolish Heart and Stitt's Just the Way It Was — both recorded live at Baltimore's Famous Ballroom in the early '70s. The Getz date features Richie Beirach on piano, Dave Holland on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. Stitt's band is Don Patterson on organ and Billy James on drums. Stitt plays electric saxophone on the date, and according to Label M, he was the first person to plug in his sax for a recording. (Click here for sonicnet.com's full story on Label M.) ...

Jam band followers, acid-jazz heads and crossover freaks, take note: Two big parties loom. On Saturday (Aug. 19), Walther's Grass Roots Music Festival at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md., presents Medeski Martin & Wood, Maceo Parker, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, the David Grisman Quintet, the Jazz Mandolin Project and Lake Trout. Sept. 21–24, it's the Autumn Equinox Festival at Buffalo Gap in Capon Bridge, W.Va., featuring John Scofield, Galactic, Grisman, the Flecktones and lots more. For more information on the events, check out www.walther-productions.com. ...

Oh, the places he's been. Pianist Brad Mehldau's new album Places, due Sept. 5 from Warner Bros., has a geographical theme. Each song is named after a location in which he's performed. With his trio-mates Larry Grenadier on bass and Jorge Rossy on drums, Mehldau wrote songs "Madrid," "Los Angeles" and even "Airport Sadness." .

Remix guru Bill Laswell, who has transmuted the work of artists ranging from Miles Davis to Bob Marley to Puccini, is next set to tackle the guitarisms of Santana. Look for a Columbia CD in October. ...

A Byrd's eye view: Trumpeter and educator Donald Byrd has lent many works from his extensive art collection to the University Gallery at the University of Delaware. Through Oct. 1 people can view artwork by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Charles White, Tyree Guyton, Jacob Lawrence and others at the exhibition called "Hear What I'm Seeing." For more information, see seurat.art.udel.edu/UDGallery/byrd/index.html. ...

Free Sundays at the Downtown Music Gallery: Former Prima Materia saxophonist Louie Belogenis and sitarist Neel Murgai perform on Aug. 20, guitarist Joel Harrison and saxophonist Paul Hanson check in Aug. 27 and guitarists Hans Tamman and Kenta Nagai follow on Sept. 3. See www.dtmgallery.com/presents.htm for more information. ...

Singer Nancy Wilson will be feted at "Women in Jazz — A Tribute to Nancy Wilson and the Women Legends of Jazz" on Sept. 12 at New York's Merkin Hall. Diane Schuur, The Savoy Swingers, Sherrie Maricle and the 15-piece all-women jazz band Diva will perform, and a host of female jazz luminaries will be in attendance, including singer Annie Ross, trumpeter Jean Davis, pianist Jane Jarvis and various members of the 1930s all-women band Sweethearts of Rhythm. Tickets are $60, but those coughing up $100 get to attend a 5 p.m. panel discussion led by pianist/educator Billy Taylor and hang out with many of the stars. Proceeds benefit Dress for Success New York, a nonprofit organization that helps find jobs for low-income women. Tickets are available at (212) 501-3330. ...

Bela Fleck of Flecktones fame may be getting all the banjo attention these days, but when it comes to sheer flat-out virtuosity, there's no topping Tony Trischka, 51, who checks into the New York club Tonic on Aug. 29 for a rare gig. Lots of other great acts are at Tonic, too, for the rest of the month, pianist Myra Melford, cornetist Butch Morris and the Netherlands' amazing ICP Orchestra among them. Check out www.tonic107.com. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report