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Trumpeter Miles Davis spent his entire life reinventing jazz. Beginning in his pre-teen years, Davis was gigging with R&B bands and meeting with Be-Bop maestros Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. He got his start with Coleman Hawkins and "Rubber Legs" Williams. Davis soon joined Charlie Parker in the late '40's and finished the decade with the birth of "The Cool" and "Cool Jazz." During the early '50's he struggled with heroin, releasing a series of erratic "Hard Bop" albums. In the mid-'50's, after quitting drugs, Miles launched a comeback with Columbia Records, while hooking up with John Coltrane in his first great quintet. His second great quintet was in 1963 and included Herbie Hancock, with whom Davis eventually ushered in the "Age of Fusion." In the early '70's, his radical influences included such greats as Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone. In a very rare opportunity, Leland's Auctions is privileged to offer one of Miles Davis' original trumpets -- the Martin Committee Model ,1958, serial number 203005. Manufactured in Elkhart, Indiana, it is greenish blue in color and has three keys with mother of pearl inlay. It has an elaborate floral design at the end, and the mouthpiece has the word "Martin" and No.10. The trumpet shows some wear at keys and two dents on the body. The provenance is exceptional and includes a letter from the original owner, Ray Robinson II, who is in fact the son of Edna May and legendary boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. The LOA goes on to state that in 1966 Davis was a huge boxing fan and visited Edna May and son in their NYC apartment. The trumpet was concert used and was given in appreciation for their mutual friendship. Only once in a lifetime does an opportunity this special rear its head.
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