A sublime and unforgettable trumpeter, Miles Davis had placed his name among the
great legends of jazz before he’d even turned 25. Ever in quest of innovation and
constantly seeking a new approach to the music, he brought jazz to a larger audience,
thereby ensuring its constant renewal.
Chariot of Gods
The “Picasso of jazz,” an insatiable creative force, Davis drew and painted with
the same spontaneity, improvisation and sensibility we experienced whenever he lifted
his trumpet to his lips. His visual works, like his music, are richly original and
On the occasion of this 31st edition of the Festival, the estate of the famed musician
has accorded us the privilege of producing a silkscreen from one of his artworks.
Miles Davis left an indelible mark on the history of jazz in the 20th century. After
Paris, last fall, we can see at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts a spectacular overview
of his artistic output. In 1994, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
marked its 15th edition with the creation of the Miles-Davis Award, an annual honour
presented to an internationally renowned musician who has marked the evolution of