|THE JAMES VANN ART COLLECTION
Original Art Paintings
|After attending Julliard for a semester, Miles dropped out to pursue jazz full-time. As an African American musician, Miles realized he would have
difficulty getting work playing in classical symphonies. His goal was to play bebop like his idol Charlie Parker. Night after night, he followed Charlie's
quintet from one club to the next. Eventually, he was invited to be a substitute trumpet player for Charlie's quintet. As a substitute, Miles tried to
mimic the playing of Dizzy Gillespie, the leading bebop trumpeter. Dizzy could hit high notes repeatedly and play at a fast, energetic pace. Miles
struggled to recreate Dizzy's dynamic style and realized that he needed to find a sound of his own.