Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th-century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in a five-decade career that kept him at the forefront of many major stylistic developments in jazz.

Miles Davis: Incubator and Trendsetting Genius

Miles Davis was born in Illinois, son a dentist and farm owner; one of the richest men in Illinois. He moved to NYC to attend Julliard and in search of Charlie Parker. He soon quit Julliard and was recording and playing in Mr. Parkers band.

Unfortunately, he picked up some of Charlie Parker’s bad habits – heroin addiction. He briefly moved back to Illinois asking his father to help him kick his habit, which he did successfully.