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Miles Davis: Photos of a Jazz Giant in 1958

On a spring night in May 1958, LIFE photographer Robert W. Kelley shot a few rolls of film at an intimate jazz gig in New York City. Those photographs, featuring musical legends-in-the-making, were never published. Until now.

When LIFE photographer Robert W. Kelley shot a few rolls of film at an …


The Two Sides of Miles Davis

Public and private Miles Davis duke it on on trumpeter's birthday

There was never one Miles Davis. Depending on whom you ask, there may have been as many as five. But those would be the jazz fans, those who charted his every artistic move. They're right. The composer/trumpeter blew through styles …


Miles Davis John Coltrane - So What (Live Video)

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Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Miles Davis: The Ultimate Supergroup That Never Happened

By Jon Wiederhorn

Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Paul McCartney (Hulton Archive)

Back in the late '60s, a super group was bandied about that would have …

Baron Wolman Photography


the man's man xxxiii: miles davis.

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A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I’m still doing it. Miles Davis

For me, music …

Miles Davis' Great, Often Bizarre 1967 Quintet

Most of the material from Live in Europe 1967 has surfaced before — the set is subtitled The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1 — but the Belgian concert that performance comes from makes its debut here. This Miles Davis quintet was consistently amazing, not least on its last big tour, when Davis' trumpet chops …


Jimi Hendrix Asked Paul McCartney to Play Bass on Record With Miles Davis

One of the great “what-ifs” in rock history just got even greater. A newly uncovered telegram shows that Jimi Hendrix had asked Paul McCartney to …

Brass heroes in Jazz – Miles Davis: Milestones in a Long Career

Miles Dewey Davis III. Born: May 26 1926, Alton, Illinois USA. Died: September 28 1991, Santa Monica. Children: Miles Davis IV, Cheryl Davis, Gregory

Remembering The Late Jazz Titan Trumpeter Miles Davis On His Birthday

Today is the birthday of the late jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, who almost singlehandedly shaped, changed, influenced, and pioneered much of that genre …

Miles Davis Album Cover Art

I saw an exhibition titled "We Want Miles" in 2010 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which was a multimedia retrospective consisting of musical …

50 great moments in jazz: How Miles Davis plugged in and transformed jazz ... all over again

Between 1945, when he hustled his way on to New York's new bebop scene as Charlie Parker's teenage trumpeter, and the turbulent year of 1968, Miles Davis couldn't help being hip. Though tentative in the Parker days, he had a characteristically soft sound and coolly-timed patience of phrasing that …

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Happy Birthday, Miles Davis

Happy birthday to Miles Davis, who was born on May 26, 1926. Turn down the lights, put on the well-worn copy of your favorite Davis album, and enjoy this slide show of photos of the Prince of Darkness, along with some of his words from over the years.

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Miles Davis - Live in Antibes, France (1969-07-25)

A Rolling Stone Interview With Miles Davis

Miles spent his first week in New York -- and his first month's allowance -- trying to find Bird (Charlie Parker's nom d'Be-Bop).

� roomed with …

Why Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is so great.

Miles Davis'Kind of Blue, which was released 50 years ago today, is a nearly unique thing in music or any other creative realm: a huge hit—the …

The Phenomenonal Miles Davis

TRUE, the phenomenon called Miles Davis is no longer physically with us. But his personality continues to loom prodigiously over …

DownBeat Magazine

Miles: A Trumpeter In The Midst Of A Big Comeback Makes A Very Frank Appraisal Of Today's Jazz Scene
by Nat Hentoff — 11/2/1955

After a time of …

It's Nice That : Time Magazine lets us peek into a 1950s smoky jazz club with Miles Davis

Has there ever been a photographer/fashion designer duo as perfectly paired as Martin Parr and Henry Holland? The designer showed his new menswear …

Miles Davis interview, 1982

Miles Davis and the Making of Bitches Brew: Sorcerer’s Brew - By Paul Tingen — Jazz Articles

August of 1969 marked Miles Davis’ boldest venture yet into undiscovered country. This time there was no more holding back, no more tentative …

Miles Davis: The heady Brew that rewrote jazz

As the incendiary year of 1968 dawned, Miles Dewey Davis found himself in a most unusual situation: he was no longer hip. The trumpeter had reigned …


Stomp Off: Lunch with Miles Davis redux


When Miles Davis returns from a six week tour of Europe and takes his quintet into Philharmonic Hall this week, chances …

Icon: Miles Davis

He wasn't a product of the ghetto - his father was a dentist - yet jazz visionary Miles Davis, AKA 'the prince of darkness', was as cold and edgy as