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1 Miles Davis Mr. Quinn 227

2 Miles Davis Miles Davis was an American trumpet player who changed the course of jazz improvisation. Miles lived from May 26, 1926 thru September 28, 1991 Miles’ mother was a blues piano player and wanted her son to learn the musical arts. His dad provided his son a trumpet.

3 Miles’ Early Years Miles began playing professionally by age 16. He was offered chances to tour nationally but his mother insisted he finish high school first.

4 After High School Miles moved to New York to attend The Julliard School of Music.The Julliard School of Music. Miles met his idol Charlie Parker soon after arriving in New York. Charlie Parker

5 Change of Direction Soon after meeting Parker, Miles dropped out of Julliard. He credits the school with learning music theory that helped him later. He began playing in night clubs with Parker and others and exploring a new style of jazz called BeBop.BeBop

6 Birth of the Cool Miles began playing long lyrical melody lines that were very different from the jumping, angular melody lines of bebop. Bebop example: Joy Spring by Clifford Brown Cool example: Boblicity by Miles Davis

7 Miles Contributions to Music Miles continued to create innovations in music as he moved through several more styles. He was awarded: 9 Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. 3 Downbeat Reader’s Poll Awards for Best Trumpet Player. RIAA Quadruple Platinum Award for Kind of Blue.

8 Conclusion Miles Davis is known as most influential musicians of the 20th century. He has influenced music both as a trumpet player and producer for over See a live video of Miles performing Tutu from his last album: watch?v=00tzcnyDL68 watch?v=00tzcnyDL68


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