"Don't play what's there, play what's not there."

  • Born May 26, 1926, in Alton, Illinois. Died Sept. 28, 1991
     
  • One of the most innovative figures in jazz history, trumpeter Miles Davis notched his mainstream breakthrough with 1970's Bitches Brew, which reached No. 35 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum. His 1959 album, Kind Of Blue, ranks as the best-selling jazz album of all time.  
     
  • Davis earned his first career GRAMMY for Best Jazz Composition Of More Than Five Minutes Duration for 1960 for Sketches Of Spain. He performed "Hannibal" at the 32nd GRAMMY Awards in 1990.
  • Did you know? The soundtrack for the 2015 biopic Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle as Davis, won a GRAMMY for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media.

Miles Davis

"Don't play what's there, play what's not there."

  • Born May 26, 1926, in Alton, Illinois. Died Sept. 28, 1991
     
  • One of the most innovative figures in jazz history, trumpeter Miles Davis notched his mainstream breakthrough with 1970's Bitches Brew, which reached No. 35 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum. His 1959 album, Kind Of Blue, ranks as the best-selling jazz album of all time.  
     
  • Davis earned his first career GRAMMY for Best Jazz Composition Of More Than Five Minutes Duration for 1960 for Sketches Of Spain. He performed "Hannibal" at the 32nd GRAMMY Awards in 1990.
  • Did you know? The soundtrack for the 2015 biopic Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle as Davis, won a GRAMMY for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media.

GRAMMY Award Results for Miles Davis

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Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
Miles And Quincy Live At Montreux
Nominations
Best Music Video-Long Form
Miles And Quincy Live At Montreux (Video)
 
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Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Doo-Bop
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Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
Fantasy (Track)
 
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Lifetime Achievement Award
(lifetime Achievement Award)
Nominations
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
The Hot Spot (Album)
Best Traditional Blues Recording
Coming To Town (Track)
 
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Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist (On A Jazz Recording)
Aura
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band
Aura
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Best Jazz Fusion Performance
Amandla (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist (On A Jazz Recording)
Music From Siesta (Album)
 
Wins
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
Tutu
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
You're Under Arrest (Album)
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
Human Nature (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
Decoy (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
Star People (Album)
 
Wins
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
We Want Miles
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
The Man With The Horn (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Performance By A Group
Miles Davis At The Fillmore (Album)
 
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Best Jazz Performance - Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group
Bitches Brew
Nominations
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Bitches Brew (Single)
Best Instrumental Composition
Bitches Brew
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Small Group Or Soloist With Small Group
In A Silent Way
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Small Group Or Soloist With Small Group
Miles In The Sky
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Small Group Or Soloist With Small Group
Miles Smiles
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Small Group Or Soloist With Small Group
Miles Davis In Europe
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group
Quiet Nights
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Soloist Or Small Group
Seven Steps To Heaven
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group
Seven Steps To Heaven
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Performance - Large Group (Instrumental)
Miles Davis At Carnegie Hall
 
Wins
Best Jazz Composition Of More Than Five Minutes Duration
Sketches Of Spain
Nominations
Best Jazz Performance Solo Or Small Group
Jazz Track
Best Jazz Performance Large Group
Sketches Of Spain