5800 Godfrey Road - Alden Hall Godfrey, IL 62035





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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.

Miles Davis is regarded as one of the most innovative, influential and 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.

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was born to 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, Illinois.

Miles was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and 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.

For additional information about the Miles Davis Memorial Project,  please follow us on Facebook or contact Pride, Incorporated at 618-467-2375.  Donations to the Miles Davis Memorial Project can be made online by clicking "DONATE" in the bottom corner of this page or by mail to Pride, Incorporated, 5800 Godfrey Road - Alden Hall, Godfrey, IL 62035.

You can also show your support and be a part of this exciting project by purchasing a commemorative brick or granite block. Please contact the Pride, Incorporated office for purchasing instructions.  

Fund-raising initiatives are under way, as well as public awareness campaigns
and upcoming events.

Acclaimed sculptor Preston Jackson was selected to create the slightly larger-than-life bronze of the legendary jazz musician and Alton native.


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For more information contact Heather Hope at pride@prideincorporated.org.



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