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Miles Davis
Photo of Davis in 1955 taken by Tom Palumbo
Background information
Birth name Miles Dewey Davis III
Born (1926-05-26)May 26, 1926
Alton, Illinois, United States
Died September 28, 1991(1991-09-28) (aged 65)
Santa Monica, California, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupations Bandleader, composer, trumpeter, artist
Instruments Trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, organ
Years active 1944–75, 1980–91
Labels Columbia
Commodore
Decca
Verve
MGM
Associated acts Billy Eckstine, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis Quintet, Gil Evans

Miles Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader and composer. He was very important to 20th century music. He helped to develop several different styles of jazz, like cool jazz, hard bop, free jazz, and fusion. As a bandleader he worked with other famous musicians like John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Cannonball Adderley, Gerry Mulligan, Tony Williams, George Coleman, J. J. Johnson, Keith Jarrett, John Scofield and Kenny Garrett.

In 1959 he released an album called Kind of Blue. That album became very famous and popular. In 2008, it had sold 4 million copies. In 2006 Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and described as "one of the key figures in the history of jazz".

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