Miles Davis


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

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 imaginative.

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 jazz.