Edit
Miles Davis Poster

Biography

Jump to: Overview (5) | Mini Bio (1) | Spouse (3) | Trivia (15) | Personal Quotes (7)

Overview (5)

Date of Birth 25 May 1926Alton, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 28 September 1991Los Angeles, California, USA  (pneumonia, respiratory failure, stroke)
Birth NameMiles Dewey Davis III
Nickname Prince Of Darkness
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Miles Davis, famous jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, was born 26 May 1926 in Alton, Illinois. He moved to New York in 1944 and studied at Juilliard. He left school and entered the jazz society of New York, meeting such famous musicians as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Charles Mingus. His record debut came in 1946. Miles soon became a major figure of jazz. He changed the directions of jazz several times, recording albums such as "Birth Of The Cool" (1949) which started the cool-jazz era, "Milestones" (1953), "Kind Of Blue" (1959) which was the beginning of modal jazz, orchestral jazz masterpieces such as "Porgy And Bess" (1958) and "Sketches Of Spain" (1961), "In A Silent Way" (1968) and "Bitches Brew" (1969) - the first jazz/rock fusion albums. He collaborated with famous jazz players such as: Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Philly Joe Jones, Joseph Zawinul, Paul Chambers, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Keith Jarrett and others. He retired from music in 1975 due to hip problems as well as his problems with drug addiction. He recovered and returned to music in 1980, collaborating with producer Marcus Miller and recording new, intriguing albums such as electronic-driven Tutu or Amandla, as well as Spanish-flavored music for Siesta (1987). Miles Davis is now arguably one of the greatest and most important jazz musicians of all time.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Piotr Strzyzowski 807@wp.pl

Spouse (3)

Cicely Tyson (26 November 1981 - 1988) (divorced)
Betty Mabry (30 September 1968 - 1969) (divorced)
Frances Davis (1958 - 1968) (divorced)

Trivia (15)

Born at 5:00am-CDT.
Jazz trumpeter.
He was married to Cicely Tyson by Andrew Young in the home of Bill Cosby. Bill Cosby was the best man, and gave away the bride.
Miles Davis 1959 recording, 'A Kind of Blue', is considered by some to be the best jazz recording of all time.
Attended The Julliard School of Music.
Had 4 children: Cheryl Davis (born 1944), Gregory Davis, (born 1946), Miles Davis IV (born 1950) and Erin Davis (born 1970).
Played with Charlie Parker prior to going solo.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1979.
He was voted the 88th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
Once met Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman when Hoffman was working as a lifeguard at a public swimming pool.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 3, 1991-1993, pp. 123-125. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Duke Ellington called him "the Picasso of Jazz, the invisible art".
On 12 June 2012, Davis and French singer Édith Piaf were pictured on separate commemorative postage stamps in a joint issue by the USA and France. The nondenominated 'forever' USA stamps had an initial issue price of 45¢ each; the French stamps had denominations of 0,60 EUR (Davis) and 0,89 EUR (Piaf).

Personal Quotes (7)

I know what I've done for music, but don't call me "a legend".
For me, music and life are all about style.
A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I'm still doing it.
[on Eric Dolphy] He plays like somebody is standing on his foot.
[on Louis Armstrong] You can't play anything on a horn that Louis hasn't played.
I'll play it and tell you what is later.
If it wasn't for Neal Hefti, the Count Basie band wouldn't sound as good as it does. But Neal's band can't play those same arrangements nearly as well.

See also

Other Works | Publicity Listings | Official Sites | Contact Info

Contribute to This Page