Miles Davis, the trumpeter whose lyrical playing and ever-changing style made him a touchstone of 20th Century music, has been voted the greatest jazz artist of all time.
The musician beat the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone – all of whom made the top 10.
Votes were cast by listeners of BBC Radio and Jazz FM, and revealed on pop-up radio station BBC Music Jazz.Jazz FM presenter Helen Mayhew called Davis “the epitome of cool”. “Miles was at the forefront of key developments in the sound of jazz through each decade of his long career. “He’s also responsible for recording the biggest-selling and most universally loved jazz album of them all, the 1959 album Kind of Blue.”
The full top 10 – derived from a shortlist of 50 – was:
1 Miles Davis
2 Louis Armstrong
3 Duke Ellington
4 John Coltrane
5 Ella Fitzgerald
6 Charlie Parker
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