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:
- Round about Midnight (1956)
- Miles Ahead (1957)
- Kind of Blue (1959)
- Miles Davis In Person (1961)
- Miles Smiles (1966)
- In a Silent Way (1969)
- Bitches Brew (1969)
- Right Off (1971)
- Miles Davis at Fillmore (1970)
- On the Corner (1972)
- Get Up With It (1975)
- The Man With the Horn (1981)
- 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.