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Miles Davis

Image for Miles Davis
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
American jazz composer and trumpeter Miles Davis, the "Picasso of Jazz," was one of the most influential and pioneering musicians of his time and beyond. Constantly reinventing his sound, Davis journeyed through numerous periods, including sessions with John Coltrane and others in the Miles Davis Quintet (1948-50). This collaboration gave birth to cool jazz, a major trend that emphasized Davis's melodic playing style. Following heroin withdrawal in 1954, Davis exploded back on the scene in a matchless stint of creativity. During this time he adopted the Harmon mute, whose unique soft buzzing sound he unveiled at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival. In the late 1960s Davis replaced the quintet with an electric rock band and produced two revolutionary albums, In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew, which represent a blend of jazz and rock known as fusion.
Artist
Max Jacoby, 1919 - 2009
Sitter
Miles Dewey Davis, 25 May 1926 - 28 Sep 1991
Date
1969
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 39.7 x 29.6cm (15 5/8 x 11 5/8")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Type
Photograph
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Object number
NPG.2001.48
Topic
Interior\Performing Arts\Theatrical\Stage
Music\Musical instrument\Trumpet
Costume\Jewelry\Watch\Wrist watch
Miles Dewey Davis: Male
Miles Dewey Davis: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Miles Dewey Davis: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Miles Dewey Davis: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet
Portrait
Place
Deutschland\Berlin\Berlin