H.Res. 894: Honoring the 50th anniversary of the recording of the album "Kind of Blue"

H.Res. 894

Honoring the 50th anniversary of the recording of the album "Kind of Blue"

Sponsor
Rep. John Conyers Jr.

Date
December 15, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 894 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, December 15, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) November 5, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 894 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Honors the 50th anniversary of "Kind of Blue" and recognizes the unique contribution the album has made to American jazz;
• "Directs the Clerk of the House of Representatives to transmit enrolled copies of this resolution to Columbia Records;
• "Encourages the United States Government to take all appropriate steps to preserve and advance the art form of jazz music;
• "Recommits itself to ensuring that musical artists such as Miles Davis and his Sextet receive fair protection under the copyright laws of the United States for their contributions to culture in the United States; and
• "Reaffirms the status of jazz as a national treasure."

Background

According to the resolution's findings, on August 17, 1959, Miles Davis, Jimmy Cobb, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, John Coltrane, and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley collaborated to record the album "Kind of Blue".