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Topic A discussion of the development of improvisation in jazz music in reference to trumpeter Miles Davis Miles Dewey Davis was born on the 26th of May 1926 in Alton Illinois He became famous around the world for his incredible trumpet and flugelhorn playing but he was also an accomplished keyboard player and composer Although born in Alton Illinois Miles Davis lived in East St Louis He came from a wealthy middle-class background It isnt surprising to see that a person with the talent of Miles Davis came from a Davis father musical family His mother played the violin and his sister played the piano Although Miles was not very musical himself he obviously saw talent in his son and for his thirteenth birthday bought Miles his first trumpet Miles was very privileged to come from the family he did because it meant he was able to have private trumpet lessons He learnt from a teacher called Elwood Buchanan who taught Miles all the basics he needed to know before his natural talent and flare for improvisation took over Miles progressed quickly at the trumpet and played in many bands and ensembles at his school While still in school he joined his first independent group as a trumpeter They were called Eddie Randalls Blue Devils Many jazz musicians influenced Miles Davis When Billy Eckstines band played in St Louis Miles was able to meet some of these influences Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker Trumpeter and saxophonist respectively At the age of 18 Davis went to study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York How ever what he really wanted to be doing was just playing jazz He left the school to play in the small clubs of the famous 52nd street He did much of his playing with one of his idols Charlie Parker Davis joined Parkers quintet in 1945 Together they recorded some of the first true bebop
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