“My ego only needs a good rhythm section.”
Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 – Sept 28, 1991)

We are about to begin.


Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.


I know what I’ve done for music, but don’t call me a legend.
Just call me Miles Davis.


Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.

1950 Backstage in Los Angeles

I’ll play it and tell you what it is later.

miles_jazzreflectionscourtesy of Jazz Reflections


Image result for miles davis imagesWynton Marsalis & Miles Davis, 1986, in Vancouver


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Photo of Miles Davis’ hand and horn by Irving Penn



Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis


Photo by Don Hunstein


Miles Davis and John Coltrane


“At a White House reception in honor of Ray Charles in 1987, this was his reply to a society lady seated next to him who had asked what he had done to be invited:
“I’ve changed music four or five times. What have you done of any importance other than be white?'”

“Do you know who Prince kinda reminds me of, particularly as a piano player? Duke! Yeah, he’s the Duke Ellington of the eighties to my way of thinking.”


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