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Miles Davis

American jazz musician

Miles Davis is ...


Born 26 May 1926 in Alton
Died 28 September 1991 in Santa Monica
Age 65 years, 4 months
Cause cerebrovascular disease and pneumonia

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Manner of death natural causes
Father Miles Henry Davis
Spouse Cicely Tyson and Betty Davis
Occupation composer, trumpeter, bandleader, conductor, autobiographer, jazz musician, actor, television actor, songwriter and film score composer
Instrument trumpet
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Léonie Sonning Music Prize, Bird Award and American Book Awards
Genre jazz
Twitter username milesdavis

About Miles Davis

Miles Davis was a true icon of American jazz, born on May 26, 1926, in Alton, Illinois. He was a trumpeter, bandleader, and composer who helped shape the sound of jazz in the 20th century. Davis was known for his innovative and experimental approach to music, which often pushed the boundaries of traditional jazz.

Davis began playing the trumpet at a young age and quickly showed a natural talent for the instrument. He moved to New York City in the late 1940s and became a member of the bebop scene, playing with some of the most influential musicians of the time, including Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

Throughout his career, Davis continued to evolve and experiment with his sound, incorporating elements of rock, funk, and electronic music into his compositions. He released numerous albums that are now considered classics, including "Kind of Blue," "Bitches Brew," and "Sketches of Spain."

Davis was also known for his distinctive style and fashion sense, often sporting a sharp suit and dark sunglasses. He was a complex and enigmatic figure, known for his temper and his tendency to push his bandmates to their limits.

Despite his reputation, Davis was widely respected and admired by his peers and fans alike. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and continues to be celebrated as one of the greatest musicians of all time.


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About Death

In early September 1991, Davis checked into St. John's Hospital near his home in Santa Monica, California, for routine tests. During his stay, his doctors suggested he have a tracheal tube implanted to relieve his breathing following his repeated bouts of bronchial pneumonia. This provoked an outburst from Davis that led to a cerebral haemorrhage, followed by a coma. After several days on life support, Davis' machine was turned off and he died on September 28, 1991. Davis was 65 years old. His death was officially reasoned as the combined effects of a stroke, pneumonia and respiratory failure. According to Troupe, Davis was taking azidothymidine (AZT), a type of antiretroviral drug used for the treatment of HIV and AIDS, during his treatments in hospital. A funeral service was held on October 5, 1991 at St. Peter's Church in New York City that was attended by around 500 friends, family members, and musical acquaintances, with many fans standing outside in the rain. Davis was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York City, with one of his trumpets, close to the site of fellow jazz musician and his early idol, Duke Ellington.

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