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Claude Ciza | NYC

The City of New York is an important place, a big center for art. A lot to see, a lot to learn: music, film, theater, dance , visual art, the NYC museum, the status of liberty, the famous brooklyn bridge, Times Square, the Jazz bar/club around the city,Bronx zoo, 9/11 memorial, etc. For Claude, it has been always important to connect with people, discover the rest of the world, whether in the music or social life. New York would be one of the most interesting destination to always visit.

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– On 26 May 2014, Claude Ciza was a special guest from the Netherlands at the official unveiling of “Miles Davis Way” on the 88th birthday of globally renowned musician Miles Davis. The celebration event was hosted by Cheryl Davis (daughter of Miles), Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Vince Wilburn, Jr. (nephew of Miles), representing Miles Davis Properties…

The “Miles Davis Way” is a stretch of 77th Street between Riverside Drive and West End Avenue on the Upper West Side. The famous trumpeter lived in an apartment building at 312 West 77th Street for nearly 25 years, until the mid-1980s.
The campaign for the new street sign was led by Davis’ one-time neighbor Shirley Zafirau. The renaming was signed into law last December by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. Jazz legends such as Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey and Tony Williams (who rented an apartment in Miles’ building) used to drop by the neighborhood all the time. The West 77th Street location is where Davis created the music for such celebrated albums as Kind of Blue and Bitches Brew.

Claude met with the family members of Miles Davis, such as Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Vince Wilburn, Jr.(nephew of Miles)… Also meeting others Hollywood famous actors, such as John Amos, Actress Cicely Tyson (former wife of Miles Davis..

with Erin Davis (son of Miles Davis)Miles Davis Way with Vince Wilburn, Jr. (Miles Davis' a nephew) Claude&John Amos
– Later , it was important to discover the beauty of the city of NEw York, the Brooklyn Bridge, the 9/11 memorial, NYC museum,etc.. A week after, Claude Ciza spent some days in the program of sharing music at Drummers Collective NYC where also Chris Coleman is still teaching…“It was an amazing experience to share more advanced music knowlegeds with drummers at The Drummers Collective in NYC, some evenings playing in Jazz venues of New York, such as Smalls Jazz Club, meeting friends and other professional artist in NYC, such as Freddie Bryant,etc. – Claude Ciza

– Claude was also introduction by a good friend to the Times Square Church NYC(TSC-NYC). Since the first step in the builing, he was recieve with a warm welcome. It was clear for Claude that at TSC-NYC is the best place to be in NYC. –“ It’s a good to be connected , in a short time, I could learn a lot at TSC-NYC, a lot of inspirations for my everyday life as a person, but also how to serve better and reach out my community trough Music”. – C.C

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