Davis, Miles (jazz) (Dewey, III) [Prince of Darkness]
- Barry Kernfeld
(Dewey, III) [Prince of Darkness]
(b Alton, IL, May 25, 1926; d Santa Monica, CA, Sept 28, 1991). American trumpeter, flugelhorn player, and bandleader. An original, lyrical soloist and a demanding group leader, he was the most consistently innovative musician in jazz from the late 1940s through the 1960s.
Davis grew up in East St. Louis, and took up trumpet at the age of 13; three years later he was already playing professionally. After meeting Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker while sitting in with Billy Eckstine’s big band in St. Louis, he briefly joined the orchestra for its next engagement in Chicago. He moved to New York early in 1945, ostensibly to enter the Institute of Musical Art but actually to locate his idol, Parker. He joined Parker in live appearances and recording sessions in 1945, but then worked with Coleman Hawkins at Minton’s Playhouse (December 1945) and toured with Benny Carter to Los Angeles (late ...