Miles Davis performed
his last European concert in Vienna in 1991. It has also become
legendary as "the concert that almost never happened".
Miles Davis was born in Alton, Illinois, in 1926, and had his
first exposure to jazz when visiting the clubs of St. Louis, just
across the Mississippi River from his hometown. As a teenager,
the young trumpeter went to New York to study at the Juilliard
School of Music but was soon drawn to the vibrant jazz scene on
42nd street in Manhattan.
Davis joined Charlie Parker’s band in 1945 when bebop was
exploding across the landscape of jazz. A few years later he launched
a solo career and, along with Gerry Mulligan and Lee Konitz, recorded
some of the first cool jazz albums in the early 1950s. It was
also in the 1950s that he found the right collaborator in arranger
Gil Evans. Between 1958 and 1963 they recorded several superb
albums, including "Porgy and Bess" and "Sketches