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One of my favorite trumpet players is Miles Davis Miles Davis American jazz musician a great trumpeter who as a bandleader and composer was one of the major influences on the art from the late 1940s Miles Davis was and still is one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time His style and smoothness on the trumpet caught the ears of many people Miles Davis was born in Alton Illinois on May 26 1926 For most of Miless life he was raised in East St Louis in an upper middle class family Before Davis got interested into music he liked sports a lot He loved playing baseball football boxing and basketball The first trumpet he received was in his preteen years He practically fell in love with it the first time he played it Davis liked to play in his high school band and in RB bands In 1942 Miles married his wonderful wife Irene In July of 1944 he sat in with Billy Eckstine and his band where he met his life long idols Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker In the fall Miles goes to New York to attend Juilliard School of Music I spent my first week in NY and my first months allowance looking for Charlie Bird Parker Later I roomed with Parker for a year and followed him around down to 52nd street Every night Id write down chords on matchbook covers Next day Id play these chords all day in the practice rooms at Juilliard instead of going to classes Instead of taking classes he hooked up with Bird playing in his quintet comprising from 1946-1948 After that Miles goes out to form a band of his own His first band that he formed was actually a quintet comprising John Coltrane Red Garland Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones The quintet was a big success During 1950-1955 Miles became a pretty busy man In the middle
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