MILES DAVIS MEMORIAL PROJECT
Thank you! Fundraising goals for this project have been met.
Donations are no longer being accepted.
Be sure to mark your calendar for the Unveiling Date of
September 12, 2015 at the statue site located on West 3rd
Street in downtown Alton, IL.
History and Information
The Miles Davis Memorial Project was born by collaborations between
The Miles Davis Jazz Committee of the Alton Museum of History and
Art and Pride, Incorporated, sharing the same vision of a statue
honoring the genius of his music and the fact that such a world
renowned musician was born in Alton, Illinois. Through research and
popular opinion it was decided that the sculpture should be located in
Alton's entertainment district on Third Street.
respected figures in the history of music. He has been described as “one
of the great innovators in jazz.” The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock
& Roll noted "Miles Davis played a crucial and inevitably controversial
role in every major development in jazz since the mid-'40s, and no other
jazz musician has had such a profound effect on rock. Miles Davis was
the most widely recognized jazz musician of his era, an outspoken social
critic and an arbiter of style—in attitude and fashion—as well as music.
an affluent African American family in Alton, Illinois. His father, Miles
D. Davis, was a dentist. In 1927 the family moved to East St. Louis,
composer. He, with his musical groups, was at the forefront of several
major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop,
modal jazz, and jazz fusion.
campaigns and upcoming events.
slightly larger-than-life bronze of the legendary jazz musician and Alton
For additional information about the Miles Davis Memorial Project,
contact Pride, Incorporated at 618-467-2375 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also encouraged to
follow the project's progress on Facebook.