On April 10, 1970, while the world was vibrating to the sound of an increasingly unbridled rock, Miles Davis took possession of the mythical Fillmore West stage in San Francisco. With his head held high, as always, he shows his audience that jazz can also be wild and muscular. In this temple of music, where all the big names of the American scene pass through, the artist puts to the test a set-list within which influences are mixed. The concert is a formidable summary of all his talent and allows to establish a little more his genius. Remarkably accompanied, the trumpeter then flew to the Isle of Wight. Able to grasp trends to better appropriate them without ever losing sight of the essence of his music, Miles Davis is one of those artists whose integrity has never rhymed with immobility. His story begins on May 26, 1926 in Alton, Illinois. Miles Davis was raised in a relatively wealthy family, where music played an important role. Passionate about sports, the young boy grew up surrounded by the notes of jazzmen broadcasted by the radio to which he stuck his ear as soon as the opportunity arose. At the age of 13, a friend of his father’s started giving him trumpet lessons. Later, he also studied under Joseph Gustat, the first trumpeter of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, in which he eventually made his mark. Not only because of his age as the youngest of the group, but also because of his already different approach to his instrument. He officially became a professional musician in 1942.
In the following years, Miles Davis played in a band and was offered the opportunity to jam with Lester Young, one of his idols. In 1944, he even had the chance to share a stage with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. That same year, with the support of his family, he entered the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, but preferred to attend Minton’s, a famous bebop club, rather than the school benches. In search of new challenges, Miles Davis also learned to play the piano and continued his irresistible rise. He met Thelonious Monk, accompanied Billie Holiday and replaced Dizzy Gillespie in Charlie Parker’s orchestra. Unfortunately, this recognition occurs at the same time as the musician discovers artificial paradises. Having taken advantage of his concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris in 1949 to settle in the French capital, he was introduced to Jean-Paul Sartre, Boris Vian and Pablo Picasso. It is there that he meets Juliette Gréco, with whom he falls in love. Leading his career and his life with his feet on the ground, Miles Davis never made any concessions, preferring instead to break down the walls between genres with his embodied compositions. Like during that famous evening in 1970 at the Fillmore.
Miles Davis was thirteen years old when he began learning the trumpet, his instrument of choice. instrument of choice.
On the American West Coast, the Fillmore contributed to the emergence of the 1960s rock scene.
In 1912, the building in which the Fillmore was built took up residence in 1954. Often booked by the famous promoter Bill Graham, the venue saw artists such as The Velvet Underground, Grateful Dead, The Doors, The Byrds, Janis Joplin, The Who or Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding. The Fillmore was hit hard by the earthquake of October 1989 before being reborn. A true monument of rock and roll having crossed the ages to the rhythm of the musicians that it sometimes contributed to make known on the world scene.
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