Davis Essays

  • Miles Davis

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    Electric Miles Davis Born in Alton, Illinois, Miles Davis grew up in a middle-class family in East St. Louis. Miles Davis took up the trumpet at the age of 13 and was playing professionally two years later. Some of his first gigs included performances with his high school bandand playing with Eddie Randall and the blue Devils. Miles Davis has said that the greatest musical experience of his life was hearing the Billy Eckstine orchestra when it passed through St. Louis. In September 1944 Davis went to New

  • Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

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    Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. was born December 18, 1912 in Washington D.C. His father, Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. was one of the few African-American officers in the U.S. Army. Davis, Jr. was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy in 1932 by Rep. Oscar S. De Priest, the only black congressman at that time. At West Point he endured ostracism from both classmates and superiors who wanted to see him fail. He persevered and graduated 35th in a class of 276 in 1936. He was the fourth African-American graduate in

  • Jefferson Davis

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    for Jefferson Davis, his life and temperament came close to embodying the gruesome inward fight of the American Civil War (or at least the Southern part). As men go, he was labeled an enigma. He was both a contradiction and a confirmation of himself, unpredictable yet foreseeable. His insecurities were major weaknesses. Without the special skills of a “people person”, he was thrust into a position of leadership over unorganized and untrained men. Despite these things, Jefferson Davis, President of

  • Robertson Davis' Fifth Business

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    Guilt can only be suppressed for a limited time before it comes out in unwanted ways. In the novel Fifth Business by Robertson Davies, Boy Staunton -a successful businessman with a polished appearance but a tortured soul- took the ultimate plunge to his death. His decision was not merely his own, but was influenced by a team of hands that helped push him to his destiny. First Leola, who was his first love and his wife. Then Mary Dempster, a neighbor from his old town Deptford, whom he mistakenly

  • Jefferson davis

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    Jefferson Finnis Davis was born on June 3rd, 1808. He was born in Christian County, Kentucky but was raised in Woodville, Mississippi. He attended college in Kentucky at Transylvania before starting his military career and entering the United States Military academy at West Point in 1824. He graduated in 1828 and placed 23rd in his class of 34. After graduating, he served in the Blackhawk War. He was assigned to be the post of second-lieutenant of the first infantry. He fought and led the men from

  • Jefferson Davis

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    Jefferson Davis was born on June 3, 1808 in a portion of christian county, Kentucky. His father was a Revolutionary soldier in 1776. Jefferson's three brothers, which are all older than him, fought in the War of 1812. As a boy Jefferson Davis recieved his academic education and then was sent to Transylvania University in Kentucky. He remained at the University until he was 16 years old. During that year, the president appointed him to West Point military academy as a cadet. He graduated that academy

  • Drugs And Miles Davis

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    was Miles Davis. Miles came from a well off middle class family. His dad was a successful dentist, so money was never an issue. Miles' father encouraged the arts, while his mother discouraged it because the chances of making a good living are slim to none. However, Miles ended up going to Juliard for trumpet and his career began when he started playing with other musicians in New York, rather than focusing on school. It was when Miles was playing in Billy Eckstine's band that Davis had his first

  • Miles Davis: The Creative Task: Miles Davis

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    The Creative Task Miles Davis went through a phase where he was no longer emotionally connected to, neither his audience nor his music. Since he was so efficient in his apprenticeship and journeyman phases, the music he would create on stage was still that of a master. The problem was, this loss of emotional connectivity cause his audiences to not like how he presented his masterly work. He would perform on stage with his back to the audience and even sometimes just stare at the audience, not caring

  • Miles Davis: The Various Musical Styles Of Miles Davis

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    Paul Pysell Professor Murphy Jazz in America November 11, 2017 The Various Musical Styles of Miles Davis Miles Davis was one of the most virtuous jazz musicians ever. He was extremely innovative and always challenged himself and his band mates. This paper will focus on the many characteristics and styles of Miles’ music. These styles include: bebop, hard bop, modal jazz, his collaborations with Gil Evans, his jazz fusion period, and many more. Bebop Era: 1945-1949 In the early 1940’s, Miles began

  • Angela Davis and Feminism

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    who knows this all too well is activist and author, Angela Davis. From her experiences, Davis has analyzed the weakness of global society in order to propose intellectual theories on how to change the perspective of sexuality. This research paper will explore the discussions of Angela Davis to prove her determination to combat inequality in gender roles, sexuality, and sexual identity through feminism. I will give a brief biography of Davis in order for the readers to better understand her background

  • Miles Davis: Jazz

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    Miles Davis The process of establishing Miles Davis in the field of the jazz music has many different aspects. The story of his professional development is very interesting and unstable as it has its breakthroughs and setbacks, and indeed, all turning points in his life has made a significant impact on the evolution of the jazz music sound. In this essay, I am going to discuss how Miles Davis affected every stream of jazz and how jazz affected him during his all life. Miles Davis started his

  • Sammy Davis Jr.

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    Sammy Davis, Jr. Sammy Davis, Jr. was born in Harlem on December 8, 1925, to Elvera Sanchez, a chorus girl, and Sam Davis, a dancer. He was raised by his father and grandmother. His father was in an act with Will Mastin, who was a close friend of the family. At a young age, Sammy joined the act as a singer and dancer. They were known as the “Will Mastin Trio”. It was not the best job, but it put food on the table. Sammy tried to join the army when Pearl Harbor was bombed, but he was too young. The

  • Abraham Lincoln And Jefferson Davis

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    Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis Works Cited Missing In this report I compare two great historical figures: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, steered the Union to victory in the American Civil War and abolished slavery, and the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis. Abraham Lincoln was the President of the Union, and Jefferson Davis struggled to lead the Confederacy to independence in the U.S. Civil War. Lincoln was treasured by the African

  • An Analysis Of Miles Davis

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    elements that goes along with it. Davis was more than just an extraordinary performer; he was also a dynamic composer, as being one who created compositions. Compositions typically include melody, harmonic structure, rhythm, and texture. Davis used all of these elements within his later compositions that had a lasting impact on generations to come. During the Bebop era, Davis gained much experience in arranging music, so he was not new to arranging for other bands. When Davis just started performing in

  • Miles Davis Essay

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    Andrew Stimson Jazz Styles Dr. Pfenninger May 5th, 2014 Miles Davis: Kind of Blue Kind of Blue is a phenomenal album recorded by the Jazz artist Miles Davis in 1959. This album was instrumental in introduced the modal style of Jazz that Miles helped to pioneer. The songs and sounds that come from this album are some of his best works, and they can be compared to some of the greatest recordings by other Jazz greats. The lineup of musicians features some of the best Jazz musicians on their respective

  • Stereotypes is Jack Davis-No Sugar

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    Stereotypes in Jack Davis-No Sugar. The characters in Jack Davis' play "No Sugar" are characters that fit colonial stereotypes (both Aboriginals and Whites) although they seem to be exaggerated. Contrasting characters reveal Ideological ideas and attitudes through things like language, often through conflict.40 The characters of White Australian descent tend to speak with pompous language, disguising their evil deeds behind kind phrases. The most obvious example of this is the character Mr. Neville

  • Essay On Miles Davis

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    into Miles Davis Miles Davis was born May 26, 1926 in Alton, Illinois. He was raised in an upper-middle-class family, with his father, Miles Dewey Davis Jr., being a dentist, and his mother, Cleota Mae Davis a music teacher. He spent his childhood in St. Louis and was interested in music by age 12, when he started to take trumpet lessons. At 16, he took up opportunities to play music locally and a year later, Davis joined Eddie Randle’s group known as “The Blue Devils” (Macnie; “Miles Davis” Sony; Ruhlmann)

  • The Life and Activism of Angela Davis

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    The Life and Activism of Angela Davis I chose to do this research paper on Angela Davis because of her numerous contributions to the advancements of civil rights as well as to the women’s rights movement. I have passionate beliefs regarding the oppression of women and people of racial minorities. I sought to learn from Davis’ ideology and proposed solutions to these conflicts that pervade our society. As well, I hoped to gain historical insight into her life and the civil rights movement of

  • Jazz Culture and Miles Davis

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    without equal in jazz history (Merod 67).” He spoke to Davis’ genius in how he leads. He is able to orchestrate elements of his projects to get them to have the feel he is looking for. He noted that “Most of “Kind of Blue” is the product of first takes (Merod 67),” which was due to the fact booking studio time cost money so it was usually a get it right the first time deal. Works Cited Ganter, G. (2009). It's About That Time: Miles Davis On and Off Record. Popular Music & Society, 32(3), 433-435

  • Miles Davis Footprints Essay

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    “Footprints” is a Jazz standard, greatly popularized by the Miles Davis Quintet. Originally composed by Wayne Shorter and released on an album of his own in 1966, the composition was quickly arranged by Miles Davis for his own group in the same year. Though still featuring Shorter on tenor sax and Herbie Hancock on piano, Miles’ quintet of two years brings a new light to the song, featuring a faster tempo with the switch to Ron Carter on bass, Tony Williams on drums, and the addition of a trumpet