Miles Davis

Miles Davis

A jazz maverick and creative force in music 40+ years.

Founded

May 26, 1926 in Alton, Illinois

Full Name

Date of Birth

May 26, 1926 in Alton, Illinois

Still Alive

Date of Death

September 28, 1991 in Santa Monica, California

Miles Davis onstage at the Paris Jazz Festival, November 3, 1969.
Miles Davis onstage at the Paris Jazz Festival, November 3, 1969.

About The artist

"To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-1940s to the early 1990s, since he was in the thick of almost every important innovation and stylistic development in the music during that period, including pioneering the cool jazz sound of the late 1940s, modal jazz during the late 1950s, and jazz-rock fusion styles in the late 1960s."
Robert P. Vande Kappelle, "Blue Notes: Profiles of Jazz Personalities"

Did you know...

In 1944, shortly after his high school graduation, Miles had the opportunity to sit in with the Billy Eckstine Orchestra and play with Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. He played with the band for two weeks, and, after that, his future was set.

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