The Electric Miles Davis Born in Alton, Illinois, Miles Davis grew up in a middle-class family in East St. Louis. Miles Davis took up the trumpet at the age of 13 and was playing professionally two years later. Some of his first gigs included performances with his high school bandand playing with Eddie Randall and the blue Devils. Miles Davis has said that the greatest musical experience of his life was hearing the Billy Eckstine orchestra when it passed through St. Louis. In September 1944 Davis went to New York to study at Juilliard but spend much more time hanging out on 52nd Street and eventually dropped out of school. He moved from his home in East St. Louis to New York primarily to enter school but also to locate his musical idol, Charlie Parker. He played with Parker live and in recordings from the period of 1945 to 1948. Davis began leading his own group in 1948 as well as working with arranger Gil Evans. Davis' career was briefly interrupted by a heroin addiction, although he continued to record with other popular bop musicians. 1955 was Miles Davis' breakthrough year. His performance of "round midnight" at the Newport Jazz Festival alerted the critics that he was "back". Davis form a quintet which included Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, and John Coletrain. In 1957 Davis made the first of many solo recordings with the unusual jazz orchestrations of Gil Evans, and he wrote music for film by Louis Malle. In 1963Davis formed a new quintet including the talents of Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, and Wayne Shorter. The late 1960s sound Davis playing with a variety of talented musicians. Davis retired during the mid-70s due to severe ailments and an automobile accident. He returned in 1980 making new recordings and expensive tours. He received an honorary doctorate of music from the New England Conservatory in 1986 in honor of his long-standing achievements. Davis' playing Incorporated many
Miles Davis: The music’s right but the approach is wrong.
Music listeners everywhere have heard at least a smidgen of the music from “the prince of darkness”. Although Miles Davis, dubbed the “most revered jazz trumpeter of all time, not to mention one of the most important musicians of the 20th century” by Rolling Stone Magazine and known as the birth of cool, attitudes and behaviors we never truly kind and the man was notoriously known as a jerk, his music was of great importance to the jazz….
historical figures in jazz, was Miles Davis.
Miles came from a well off middle class family. His dad was a successful dentist, so money was never an issue. Miles' father encouraged the arts, while his mother discouraged it because the chances of making a good living are slim to none. However, Miles ended up going
to Juliard for trumpet and his career began when he started playing with other musicians in New York, rather than focusing on school. It was when Miles was playing in Billy….
Perspectives in American Jazz
December 10, 2009
Miles Davis: The Last Pioneer in American Jazz
Miles Davis represents the pinnacle of modern American Jazz. He was one of the foremost pioneers in the inventions of cool jazz, hard bop, free jazz, fusion and techno. He was, arguably one of the most influential figures in music, pushing the boundaries of what was commonly known as jazz into new directions that most people thought was impossible.
Davis was born….
History of Jazz
Born on May 26, 1926, Miles Davis is considered to be one of the most influential jazz musicians in history. Being a trumpeter, keyboardist, composer, and band-leader, Miles is responsible for the popularization of many styles of jazz throughout his long and prolific career.
Miles Dewey Davis was born into a well-to-do family in the town of Alton, Illinois. The family owned a large portion of a farm where Miles learned to ride horses as a young boy. In 1927 the….
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• Born: 26 May 1926
• Birthplace: Alton, Illinois
• Died: 28 September 1991
• Best Known As: Composer/performer of Kind of Blue
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Miles Davis and Steve Reich
This paper will briefly discuss some of the music of Miles Davis and Steve Reich. While both of these composers were instrumental in the development of the kinds of music they composed and played, they have very different sounds. Steve Reich created minimalist music, while Miles Davis created jazz.
In 1959, Miles Davis released, ”Kind of Blue”, the best-selling jazz album ever. It was an example of a new type of jazz, called modal jazz. I listened to “On Green Dolphin….
the composer is Miles Davis and it was composed in 1959. the style of the piece is Jazz and another example of Jazz is Louis Armstrong (trumpet/cornet/voice) Terrible Blues with his band the Red Onion Jazz Babies.
Miles Davis was born in Illinois in May 1926. He knew from a very young early age that he wanted to be a musician. He started learning the trumpet at a young age, looking up to his heroes Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Charlie Parker, eventually took Davis on as his ‘sideman’….
Miles Davis was one of the greatest and most important figures in jazz history. Miles Dewey Davis III was a musician, composer, arranger, producer and bandleader all in one. Davis was at the forefront of almost every major development in jazz after World War 2. He was one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the twentieth century along with Charlie Parker and Louis Armstrong. His versatility landed him at the forefront of bebop, cool jazz, modal, hard bop and fusion….
Miles Davis was an American Jazz musician back in the 1960s. He was not only a terrific trumpeter, but was also a bandleader and composer. Miles Davis is just one of the people who had a major impact and influence on the Jazz-Rock fusion era and artists in the late 1940s. Unknowingly, Miles Davis would grow and become one of the leading figures in the Jazz world, and would help Jazz-Rock to be brought to the mainstream music….
In early 1959, jazz trumpeter Miles Davis laid down the foundation for a whole new style of jazz music. Through his "Kind of Blue"� modal jazz was born. This record became a classic, at times showing its complexity through the soloing, but also allowing the educated listener to revel in the simplicity of the modes. Davis planted the seeds for this new style in his album "Milestones"� but "Kind of Blue"� showed that the style had matured and was more developed. From the introductory piano/bass duet….