DetailsMiles Davis was one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century. He went to New York from East St. Louis, Illinois, to be schooled in bebop by Charlie Parker himself. Miles had charisma and when he changed musical directions, other players followed along. He helped popularize jazz-rock fusion and had great appeal for the college crowd that was attracted to the Berkeley Jazz Festival in 1985. He was named to the Rock & Roll hall of fame posthumously in 2006.