Miles Davis

One of the most important figures in the history of jazz music, Miles Davis was a trumpeter, composer and bandleader whose work over the course of a five-decade career helped to usher the genre from the be-bop era into ... Read more »
Born: 05/26/1926 in Alton, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Music (52)

Ricki and the Flash 2015 (Movie)

(In A Silent Way") (Song Performer)

Big Eyes 2014 (Movie)

("Doxy") (Song Performer)

Ginger and Rosa 2013 (Movie)

("Blue In Green") (Song Performer)

Ginger and Rosa 2013 (Movie)

("Blue In Green") (Song)

Barney's Version 2010 (Movie)

("Solar") (Song Performer)

Barney's Version 2010 (Movie)

("Solar") (Song)

The Uninvited 2009 (Movie)

("Green Haze") (Song Performer)

The Uninvited 2009 (Movie)

("Green Haze") (Song)

Elevator to the Gallows 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

("Spanish Key") (Song Performer)

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

("Spanish Key") (Song)

The Score 2001 (Movie)

("Autumn Leaves" (featuring Cannonball Adderly)) (Song)

Finding Forrester 2000 (Movie)

("Feio" "In A Silent Way" "Little Church" "Concierto de Aranjuez (Jazz)" "Sanctuary" "Recollections") (Song Performer)

Finding Forrester 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Runaway Bride 1999 (Movie)

("It Never Entered My Mind") (Song Performer)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

("Nature Boy") (Song Performer)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

("Four") (Song)

Pleasantville 1998 (Movie)

("So What") (Song Performer)

Pleasantville 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

187 1997 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Set It Off 1996 (Movie)

("All Blues") (Song Performer)

Set It Off 1996 (Movie)

(Song)

Partners 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Music

The Promised Land 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

The New World 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

("Flamenco Sketches") (Song Performer)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

In the Line of Fire 1993 (Movie)

("All Blues") (Song Performer)

In the Line of Fire 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Dingo 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

("Flamenco Sketches") (Song Performer)

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

A Kiss Before Dying 1991 (Movie)

("So What") (Song Performer)

A Kiss Before Dying 1991 (Movie)

(Song)

High Heels 1991 (Movie)

("Solea" "Saeta") (Song Performer)

Jon Hendricks: The Freddie Sessions 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

Driving Me Crazy 1990 (Movie)

("In a Silent Way") (Song Performer)

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

("All Blues" "Footprints") (Song Performer)

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

(Song)

The Hot Spot 1990 (Movie)

music score performer (Music)

36 Fillette 1989 (Movie)

("Moon Dreams") (Song Performer)

Scrooged 1988 (Movie)

("We Three Kings of Orient Are") (Song Performer)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

Pete Townshend's Deep End 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Song

Siesta 1987 (Movie)

("Augustine") (Music)

Siesta 1987 (Movie)

(Performer)

Street Smart 1987 (Movie)

(Performer)

Absolute Beginners 1986 (Movie)

("So What") (Song)

Die Ruckseite des Mondes 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Jazz in Exile 1981 (Movie)

("All Blues" "So What") (Song)

Jack Johnson 1970 (Movie)

(Music)
Actor (17)

Keep On Keepin' On 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Miles Davis: A Tribute 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dingo 1992 (Movie)

Billy Cross (Actor)

Miles and Friends 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Listen Up 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Scrooged 1988 (Movie)

Street Musician (Actor)

The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Miles Ahead: The Music of Miles Davis 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Edge 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the most important figures in the history of jazz music, Miles Davis was a trumpeter, composer and bandleader whose work over the course of a five-decade career helped to usher the genre from the be-bop era into bold new areas of improvisation, structure and fusion with other musical forms. He rose to prominence during the late 1940s, collaborating with his mentor, Charlie Parker, before striking out on his own with a series of players, including such legendary figures as John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk, who backed his development of the "cool jazz" and hard bop movements. The late 1950s and 1960s was unquestionably his most accomplished period, encompassing not only his experiments with the free-flowing modal jazz sound on the seminal Kind of Blue (1959), but also sonic journeys into music formed by the collision of soul, classical, rock and funk on Bitches Brew (1970) and other adventurous albums. A period of decline in the late 1970s led to a slow career revival in the 1980s, after which he assumed the mantle of elder statesman while continuing to push the boundaries of jazz with programmed music and elements of hip-hop. His death in 1991 signaled the end of one of the most creative careers in modern music, but the influence of his work on several generations of performers in nearly all genres remained potent, indelible and unquestionable.

Relationships

Frances Davis Actor

Ex-Wife

Cheryl Davis

Daughter

Gregory Davis

Son

Miles Davis

Son

Erin Davis

Daughter

Miles Davis

Father
Born in Noble Lake, Arkansas Died of pneumonia in St. Louis.

Dorothy Davis

Sister
Older sister

Vernon Davis

Brother
Younger brother

Cleota Davis

Mother

Juliette Greco Actor

Companion
Began a relationship while Davis was working in Paris Split following Davis' return to New York

Betty Mabry Song

Ex-Wife

Cicely Tyson Actor

Wife
Married Nov. 26, 1981 in the home of Bill Cosby, who gave away the bride Divorced 1988

Milestones

1993

Concert album "Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux" released

1986

Tutu sets his trumpet in an electronic setting featuring synthesizers and drum loops

1975

Retired for six years as a result of overwork and drug addiction

1969

Bitches Brew introduces jazz fusion to the mainstream

1968

In A Silent Way introduces Davis' "electric period"

1960

Released Sketches of Spain, an orchestral collaboration with Gil Evans

1959

Released Kind of Blue, one of the biggest-selling jazz albums of all time.

1958

Scored the Louis Malle film "Elevator to the Gallows"

1948

Formed the Miles Davis Nonet with arranger Gil Evans; recordings later issued as the LP Birth of the Cool

1944

Replaced Dizzy Gillespie in Charlie Parker's quintet

1943

Moved to New York to attend Juilliard School of Music; began working as a sideman on live dates and recording sessions

Bonus Trivia

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An honorary resolution by the U.S. House of Representatives passed unanimously declaring Kind of Blue a national treasure

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Miles turned turn a prestigious invitation to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra to focus on his Miles Davis Nonet, whose later LP Birth of the Cool is credited with inspiring the '60s cool jazz movement

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Davis' signature raspy whisper of a voice was the result of an argument the trumpeter got into shortly after having throat surgery to remove polyps, when he was supposed to avoid speaking. His vocal cords were permanently damaged.

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