My future starts when I wake up every morning

One of the most influential and talented trumpeters of all time, Miles Davis was involved with almost every major Jazz movement of the twentieth-century. He also recorded the most popular jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue, in 1959.

The son of a prosperous dental surgeon and a music teacher, Davies was born and raised in Illinois, but moved to New York in 1944 to attend the Juilliard School. He attended for only three semesters before dropping out to perform full time. He made his debut playing in Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker’s quartet, and for the next 30 years he was at the forefront of musical innovation and discovery, from cool jazz to free jazz and fusion.

A car accident in 1972 led to him taking an eight year break from the public spotlight and when he returned, he continued to do things his way, experimenting with sound, playing live and recording music in a career that won him eight Grammy Awards. He made film, appearances, too, including a cameo in 80s Christmas comedy, Scrooged.

The last studio album he made, Doo Bop was released after he died. David was buried with his trumpet at New York’s Woodlawn cemetery, close by another of jazz music’s all-time greats, Duke Ellington.