Miles Davis: The Influential Jazz Musician “Look, man, all I am is a trumpet player. I only can do one thing – play my horn - - and that’s what’s at the bottom of the whole mess. I ain’t no entertainer, and ain’t trying to be one. I am one thing, a musician.” - Miles Davis interview with Playboy Magazine (Erzenkrantz, 1962) Miles Dewey Davis III was born in Alton, Illinois on May 26, 1926. He died 65 years later in New York City on September 28, 1991. One of the most influential jazz musicians of the later half of the Twentieth-Century, he was far more than just ‘a trumpet player.’ Davis would span a number of important eras in the history of both American race relations and of jazz as a musical art form. He would play with many of the...The end:
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