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Miles Dewey Davis (Henry), III

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Birthplace: Alton, Madison County, Illinois, United States
Death: September 28, 1991 (65)
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, United States (Respiratory Failure)
Place of Burial: Bronx, Bronx County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Miles Dewey Davis, Jr and Cleota Mae Davis, Mrs
Ex-husband of Private
Partner of Juliette Greco
Father of Private
Brother of Dorothy Mae Wilburn, Mrs and Vernon Napoleon Davis

Occupation: Musician, bandleader and composer
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About Miles Davis

Wikipedia - Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991)

  • An American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music. With his ever-changing directions in music, Davis was at the forefront of a number of major stylistic developments in jazz over his five-decade career.
  • Birth name: Miles Dewey Davis III
  • Born: May 26, 1926 Alton, Illinois, US
  • Died: September 28, 1991 (aged 65) Santa Monica, California, US
  • Occupation: Musician, bandleader, composer
  • Instruments: Trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, synthesizer, organ
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Ranker - Famous People Who Died of Respiratory Failure (Miles Davis is #9 in listing)

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  • Age: Died at 65 (1926-1991)
  • Birthplace: Alton, Illinois, United States of America
  • Profession: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader, Actor, + more
  • Credits: Zodiac, Collateral, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Pleasantville
  • Also Ranked
    • #27 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
    • #81 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
    • #89 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
    • #3 on The Greatest Trumpeters of All Time
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Find A Grave Memorial# 261 - Miles Davis

Miles Davis

  • Birth: May 26, 1926 Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA
  • Death: Sep. 28, 1991 Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Jazz Musician. The son of a middle-class dentist from Alton, Illinois, he won a scholarship to Julliard in 1944, but there is no evidence that he ever attended the institution. Rather, upon his arrival in New York, he joined up with the modern jazz leader Charlie Parker, joining his "All-Star" quintet on trumpet. Quickly learning that he would never be able to match Parker's technical virtuousity, Davis adopted a cooler, more laid back approach to his solos, playing very few notes and concentrating on harmony and tone, often employing a characteristic Harmon mute. He would explore these ideas further in 1949 with a nine-piece band under the direction of Gil Evans. This ensemble echewed the blues-based tonality common to most previous jazz styles, opting instead for a "cooler" timbre which would lend its name to their best-known recording, "Birth of the Cool." He led more traditional jazz quintets through the 1950s, but would reach an epiphany leading a sextet of renowned musicians in 1958 and 1959. With John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Julian "Cannonball" Adderly on alto sax, Bill Evans on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums, the group explored "modal" pieces, replacing the traditional ideas of chord progression with patterns based on scales. Their 1959 album, "Kind of Blue", is widely regarded as the greatest jazz album of all time. Miles Davis would lead similar groups through the 1960s, including such luminaries as Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea, Joe Zalwinul, Wayne Shorter, and John McLaughlin. In the late 1960s, his style radically changed, embracing the influences of Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone to create the embryonic style of jazz-rock, also known as fusion, as exemplified on his albums "In a Silent Way" (1969) and "Bitches Brew" (1970). He would continue in this style until a self-imposed retirement in 1976. Miles Davis returned to recording in 1982 with "The Man With the Horn," this time playing in a more commercial jazz-pop idiom. He would continue with such lighter fare until his death from pneumonia in 1991. (bio by: Stuthehistoryguy)  
  • Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
    • Plot: Alpine, at intersection of Heather and Fir Avenues
    • GPS (lat/lon): 40.88513, -73.87139
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About Miles Davis (Français)

Miles Dewey Davis III, généralement dit Miles Davis /maɪlz ˈdju.i ˈdeɪ.vɪs ðə θɝd/1, né le 26 mai 1926 à Alton (Illinois), et mort le 28 septembre 1991 à Santa Monica (Californie), est un compositeur et trompettiste de jazz américain.

Miles Davis commence à jouer de la trompette à l'âge de treize ans. Il fut à la pointe de beaucoup d'évolutions dans le jazz et s'est particulièrement distingué par sa capacité à découvrir et à s'entourer de nouveaux talents. Son jeu se caractérise par une grande sensibilité musicale et par la fragilité qu'il arrive à donner au son. Il marque l'histoire du jazz et de la musique du xxe siècle. Beaucoup de grands noms du jazz des années 1940 à 1980 travaillent avec lui.

Les différentes formations de Miles Davis sont comme des laboratoires au sein desquels se sont révélés les talents de nouvelles générations et les nouveaux horizons de la musique moderne ; notamment Sonny Rollins, Julian « Cannonball » Adderley, Bill Evans et John Coltrane durant les années 1950. De 1960 aux années 1980 ses sidemen se nomment Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, George Coleman, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Keith Jarrett, Tony Williams, Joe Zawinul, Dave Liebman et Kenny Garrett ; c'est avec eux qu'il s'oriente vers le jazz fusion, dont il reste l'un des pionniers. La découverte de la musique de Jimi Hendrix est déterminante dans cette évolution, mais surtout le choc du festival de Newport, en 1969, où l'on assiste à l'origine exclusivement à des concerts de jazz, mais qui, cette année-là, programme du rock. Nombre de musiciens qui passent par ses formations de 1963 à 1969 forment ensuite les groupes emblématiques du jazz fusion, notamment Weather Report, animé par Wayne Shorter et Joe Zawinul, Mahavishnu Orchestra de John McLaughlin, Return to Forever de Chick Corea, ainsi que les différents groupes de Herbie Hancock.

Miles Davis est un des rares jazzmen et l'un des premiers musiciens noirs à être connus et acceptés par l'Amérique moyenne, remportant même le « trophée de l'homme le mieux habillé de l'année » du mensuel GQ pendant les années 1960. Comme Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis est ce phénomène curieux : une superstar du jazz. À la différence de son glorieux aîné qui avait recherché l'intégration à la culture grand public dominée par la population blanche, le parcours musical de Miles Davis s'accompagne d'une prise de position politique en faveur de la cause noire et de sa lutte contre le racisme. En 1985, il participe à l'album Sun City contre l'apartheid à l'initiative de Steven Van Zandt.

En France, c'est l'enregistrement de la musique du film Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1957) de Louis Malle qui le rend célèbre. Son dernier album, Doo-bop, publié en 1992 après sa mort, laisse éclater des influences rap.

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Miles Davis's Timeline

1926
May 26, 1926
Alton, Madison County, Illinois, United States
1991
September 28, 1991
Age 65
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, United States
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Bronx, Bronx County, New York, United States