Miles Davis – King of Jazz

Day 144 of Colourisation Project – September 28

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

On this day, September 28 1991, the world lost a national treasure in Miles Dewey Davis III, nine-time Grammy Award winner and a monumental force in the world of jazz.  According to William Ruhlmann of, “It can even be argued that jazz stopped evolving when Davis wasn’t there to push it forward.” 

Miles Davis

Photographer: Tom Palumbo – Miles Davis 1955 – Colourised by Loredana Crupi

Arguably one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century Miles Davis, was a trumpeter, bandleader, and composer always at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion.

Rather than regurgitate what has already been said about the man; I’m going to let the music do the talking today. Enjoy this clip of Miles Davis and his Quintet in a live performance of Autumn Leaves in 1964 in Milan, Italy.  [Miles Davis (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums)]

On September 28, 1991, Davis succumbed to pneumonia and respiratory failure in Santa Monica, California at the age of 65. His numerous awards of recognition are testament to his profound and lasting influence on jazz. In 2006, Davis was recognised as ‘one of the key figures in the history of jazz’ when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2008, his 1959 album Kind of Blue received its fourth platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),  and in 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a symbolic resolution recognizing and commemorating the album Kind of Blue on its 50th anniversary, ‘honoring the masterpiece and reaffirming jazz as a national treasure.


“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”  –  Miles Davis

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