Miles Davis

By: Michael Segreti and Ryan Soughou

Early LIfe

Born May 25 1926 in Alton, Illinois, Miles Davis grew up in a wealthy family when racism was alive. He played with his local bands and went to elementary school in East Saint Louis, Missouri. His mom,Cleota, played the violin.


His mom encouraged him to study music for fun. He also visited his Grandparents in Arkansas and heard gospel music. Heard tunes and rhythms out of the Harlem radio. loved listening to Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Father got him a trumpet at age 13 which he played in the school band. Accepted into the Julliard School (one of the finest music school in the world). Jimi Hendrix and Dizzy Gillespie were also a big inspiration.

Time Period

  • He was born in 1926 and died in 1991.
  • In the 1950's, the cold war was starting, which was a war between U.S.A, and the Soviet Union.
  • 1941, the attack on pearl harbor happened, which was when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
  • In the 1940's the dance the twist was created.
  • Also, in the 1960's,there was a blacks riot in NYC.
  • in the 1990's the US bombed Iraq and Race riots in LA costed $200,000,000

Their music

  • played the trumpet
  • jazz
  • swing
  • bebop, a type of jazz that originated in the 1940's known as a complex harmony and rhythm.
  • cool jazz
  • rag-time
  • kind of blue, so what, porgy,Bess,sketches of Spain,the man i love were all songs of his.
  • jazz fusion
  • performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Thelonious Monk, Percy Heath, Kenny Clark, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, Wyn Kelly, Bill Evans, James Cobb, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett.
  • Decoy won a Grammy award
  • Released Birth of the cool in the 1950's
  • Released Miles Davis and the modern jazz gaints in 1954

interensting facts

  • Dizzy Gillespie asked him to sit in for their sick trumpeter
  • Became a drug addict for 14 years
  • combined jazz with rock and created jazz fusion in the 1960's
  • was in a serious car crash
  • was married four times and only had one kid
  • dropped out of Julliard school
  • considered one of the most important jazz musicians in history
  • Liked to improvise alot