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Miles Davis (1926-1991): Jazz Pioneer: Home

An online guide to accompany Bruce Williamson's MHI2226.01 class.


Course Description

This course will study the 40‐year career of legendary jazz trumpeter and innovative band leader Miles Davis. We will examine his beginnings in the Be‐Bop movement as a sideman with Charlie Parker, his two famous quintets (one with John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, the other with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock), his collaborations with arranger Gil Evans, and his ʺfusionʺ recordings (jazz with rock, funk and world music) of the 70s and 80s (from the Bitches Brew recording to bands with guitarists Mike Stern and John Scofield). We will study how his playing style and ever‐changing conceptual vision of jazz influenced countless musicians to follow. There will be listening, reading, and writing assignments pertaining to the various musical eras and their social context in American Culture.