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Miles Davis One of the most popular jazz musicians of all time is Miles Davis Davis brought many new sounds and sights to the world of jazz In his time he had influence as an innovative bandleader as well as a composer Daviss pure sound was a major part of his unparalleled success Miles Davis was born on May 26 1926 He spent his childhood years in East St Louis His father was tough but seemed to have Miles best interests in mind As for his mother she seemed to be less understanding of her son Racism was an inevitable factor in the times that Miles was growing up Being the best trumpet player in high school was not good enough because white students got the first shot at a position to play Daviss first job was with a jumping small band called Eddie Randalls Blue Devils He was only 15 at the time and this brought him local recognition Davis caught a big break in the summer of 1944 when the Billy Eckstine big band came to St Louis without a trumpet player Davis sat in with the band and got his first taste of playing in a big spotlight with a big-time band Later that year in the fall Davis made his way to New York City to study at the Juilliard School of Music Davis learned the teachings of Thelonious Monk Monk had a great influence on him and Davis learned his rhythms his dramatic use of space in solos and his insistence on melody Davis found favor with older musicians He sat in with the likes of Coleman Hawkins and Eddie Lockjaw Davis on 52nd Street Davis considered his first recordings to be mostly inaudible He felt that one could barely hear him playing in the recordings His second recording featured himself with Charlie Parker This recording took place on November 26 1945 when Davis was still a
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