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Davis, Miles,

1926–91, American jazz musician, b. Alton, Ill. Rising to prominence with the birth of modern jazz in the mid-1940s, when he was a sideman in Charlie ParkerParker, Charlie "Bird"
(Charles Christopher Parker, Jr.), 1920–55, American musician and composer, b. Kansas City, Kans. He began playing alto saxophone in 1933 and, shifting from one band to another, eventually met Dizzy Gillespie in New York City.
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's bop quintet, Davis became a dominant force in jazz trumpet. He was influential in the development of "cool" jazz in 1949–50, led numerous outstanding small groups through the 1950s and 60s, and produced a successful blend of jazz and rock musicrock music,
type of music originating in the United States in the mid-1950s and increasingly popular throughout much of the world. Origins of Rock

Essentially hybrid in origin, rock music includes elements of several black and white American music styles: black
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 in the 1970s and 80s. Davis's trumpet and flügelhorn styles were warmly lyrical and were marked by a brilliant use of mutes. He made many recordings, which reflect his stylistic changes; Kind of Blue (1959), a landmark of modal jazz, has been a best-seller since it was issued.


See Miles: The Autobiography (1989, with Q. Troupe); biographies by I. Carr (1982), J. Chambers (2 vol., 1983–85), B. McRae (1988), and J. Szwed (2002); Q. Troupe, Miles and Me (2000).

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On trumpet is Nick Payton, on saxophone is Bob Belden (perhaps best known as the master compiler and general manager of the Miles Davies box sets), on B3 Hammond organ is Sam Yahel, best known for his work with Joshua Redman, on guitar is John Hart and on drums is the great Billy Drummond.
Other times: Eamon O'Neill 27-14, Chris Stokes 2-.26, Stuart Boon 27- 43, Mick Hudspith 29-35, Rob Bates 29-36, Steve Colbourne 30-41, Liam Kincaid 31-15, Dave McLean 31-38, Ben Orme 31-50, Trevor Clarke 31-55, Kevin Naughton 32-12, Stuart Banbrook 32-22, Steve Court 33-10, Phil Wilson 33-49, Richard Limb 34-02, Ian Davies 34-55, Pete Fahy 35-18, Bryan Pears 35-41, Dave Kelly 36-03, Kathryn Stuart 36-43, Ben Taylor 37-04, Kevin Brock 37-30, Gez Union 37-38, Miles Davies 39-20, Jackie Scholes 44-06, Jackie Stuart 45-19, Anne Cartwright 48-40.
Tracks from Miles Davies, Dizzie Gillespie and Serge Gainsborough pop up on this compilation.
Les then said: 'I know it's me, but what are you doing on there?'" The celebration, attended by the likes of Joey Jones, Mickey Thomas and former Wrexham managers Brian Carey, Andy Morrell and Kevin Wilkin, included some of his favourite songs such as So What by Miles Davies, and One Man Guy by Loudon Wainwright III.
Corporal Darren Thomas, of Aberdare, Trooper Miles Davies, of Llantrisant, and Trooper Kaiava Delana, from Fiji, travelled through Aberdare town centre in a seven-tonne Scimitar tank.
"Therefore, we have looked to freshen up the squad by bringing in some up-and-coming talent that's come through the Under-l8s and student sides with James Thatcher, Miles Davies and Joey Davies from Cardiff Demons and Craig Fox from Bridgend Blue Bulls all in the squad.
There are works of art by Miles Davies, chairs by Paul Goldman, and textile designs by Raoul Dufy which are estimated at a very reasonable pounds 400-pounds 600.
Stokes clocked a relatively slow time of 1-19-41 which reflected the weather as he led in clubmates Pete Fahy (1-35), Ian Davies (1-44), Stuart Banbrook (1-46), Bryan Pears (1-52) and Miles Davies (2-12).
Speaking after the service, Canon Miles Davies said: "It was great to see so many people turn out for the service.