Miles Davis

One of the most significant figures in jazz music, Miles Davis (1926–91) continuously re-invented his stylistic approach throughout his five-decade career, marking new epochs in the genre every few years; charting new musical directions and introducing other legendary figures at a rate that is unmatched by his contemporaries.

The Illinois-raised trumpeter began his career at a young age, filling in with Billy Eckstine’s big band while still in high school before heading East to attend the prestigious Juilliard School. In New York, Miles renewed acquaintances with the bebop pioneers he had met in Eckstine’s ranks, and by the end of 1945 he had assumed the trumpet chair in Charlie Parker’s quintet – a position he would hold for much of the next three years.

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