Miles Davis started his career playing with local bands in St. Louis. Davis built a friendship alongside Charlie Parker in New York who was driving the jazz scene at the time. In 1945, Parker invited Davis to hold a position in his band. He performed with them for a number of years before moving on in 1948.
In 1959, Davis recorded ‘Kind of Blue,’ which featured Davis’ sextet, including notable musicians such as pianist Bill Evans, alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. The album was an instant success, marking a new era for jazz music. Many jazz musicians still name it as one of the best albums in jazz music ever recorded.
Davis had developed a unique style on his trumpet, he acquired a “Harmon mute” placing it close to the microphone, this sound became his signature voice in jazz.