MILES DAVIS MEMORIAL PROJECT
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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.
You can show your support and be a part of this exciting project by purchasing a commemorative brick or granite block. Please click on the appropriate link, submit the form and mail your payment to Miles Davis Memorial Project, c/o Pride, Inc., 5800 Godfrey Road - Alden Hall, Godfrey, IL 62035. Credit card payments can be made by clicking the "Donate Any Amount" at the top of this page. Please submit $75 for the purchase of a brick or $400 for a granite block.
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.
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.