Miles Davis Birthday (May 26th)

Miles Davis Birthday (May 26th)

Miles Davis Biography


Miles Davis was a leading American Jazz musician and performer of the mid- twentieth century.

Background Information of Miles Davis:

  • Miles Davis was born on May 26, 1926 at Alton, Illinois.
  • Davis father was a dentist and mother, a pianist.
  • He died at the age of 65 following a bout of pneumonia in Santa Monica, California.

Career of Miles Davis:

  • Davis started his musical lessons in his early teens with immense support from his family.
  • At seventeen, he was a member of a musical band called “Blue Devils”.
  • In 1944, He got into Julliard School of Music, New York on a scholarship.
  • In 1945, He began recording with Charlie Parker’s quintet for Savoy Records.
  • His solo career as a trumpeter began in 1948 when he performed at a jazz club in New York.
  • In 1949, Miles Davis nonet recorded with Capitol Records and the musical pieces were compiled as an album in “The Birth of the Cool”.
  • His career suffered a setback due to drug abuse during the early 1950’s.
  • He hit back in 1955 with his dynamic performance at the Newport Jazz Festival which lead to a ontract with Columbia Records.
  • He liaison with Columbia Records lasted for thirty long years.

Here is a list of some of Miles Davis chart topping albums that he released with Columbia Records:

  1. Round about Midnight (1956)
  2. Miles Ahead (1957)
  3. Kind of Blue (1959)
  4. Miles Davis In Person (1961)
  5. Miles Smiles (1966)
  6. In a Silent Way (1969)
  7. Bitches Brew (1969)
  8. Right Off (1971)
  9. Miles Davis at Fillmore (1970)
  10. On the Corner (1972)
  11. Get Up With It (1975)
  12. The Man With the Horn (1981)
  13. You’re Under Arrest (1985)
  • In 1986, Miles Davis released an album under Warner Bros label titled “Tutu”.
  • His recordings with Columbia Records is archived and compiled in “Miles Davis: The Columbia Years 1955-1985” released in 1988.
  • In 1992, his last studio recording “Doo-Bop” was released posthumously.

Awards and Honors for Miles Davis:

  • 1961- Grammy Award for “Sketches of Spain” in the “Jazz Composition of More than Five Minutes Duration” Category.
  • 1971- Grammy Award for “Bitches Brew” in the “Best Jazz Performance, Large Group or Soloist with Large Group” category.
  • 1983- Grammy for “We Want Miles” in the “Best Jazz Instrumental Performance” category.
  • 1983- “Miles Ahead: A Tribute to an American Music Legend” is held at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
  • 1984- Miles’ artwork is put up on a high profile exhibition held in New York’s Tower Gallery.
  • 1984- Awarded the coveted Sonning Award.
  • 1986- Grammy Award for his album “Tutu”.
  • 1993- Grammy Award (posthumous) for “Doo-Bop” in the “Best Rhythm & Blues Instrumental Performance” category.
  • 2002- His album “Kind of Blue” receives its third platinum certification.
  • 2003- His album “Bitches Brew” receives platinum certification.
  • 2006- He is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • 1990- Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Miles Davis won eight Grammy’s in all in different categories.