Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
For Miles Davis, music was always there – it came before everything. Born in small town “racist to the bone” Illinois, he was gifted a trumpet as a young teen. In 1944, he headed to New York: studying, frequenting clubs and meeting his idols (including Dizzy and Bird). A stay in post-war Paris (where jazz was on a high and segregation non-existent) changed his thinking, but on returning to America, depression and drugs held sway, until he played a career-changing set at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival. The story of his musical development and fierce creativity, life and loves is vividly and movingly told using the iconic musician's own words (read by Carl Lumbly) from his much-admired 1989 autobiography.