Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and one of the most important figures in jazz music history, and music history in general.
Born: 26 May 1926 in Alton, Illinois, USA.
Died: 28 September 1991 in Santa Monica, California, USA (aged 65).
Best known for his seminal modern jazz album "[m=5460]" (1959), the highest selling jazz album of all time with six million copies sold.
Miles went to NYC to study at the academic school for musicians, where he met Charlie Parker. They started playing together from 1945. In 1948 Miles Davis started to make his own ensembles, at that time he met Gil Evans, The Miles Davis Nonet was born. From the few recordings they made in 1949 to 1950 came the album "[m=62308]" (1956), with Davis and Evans going on to work more together in the future.
Miles Davis was one of the musicians who introduced the 'Hard Bop' in the mid 1950s. In the late 1960s he started to experiment with electronic instruments and rock and funk rhythms. In the mid 1970s he stopped playing because of health problems, though in 1980 he made an 'electronical' comeback.
Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 (Performer).