· By Three Keys Roaster
If Miles Davis Roasted Coffee...
“Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.” - Miles Davis
If Miles Davis roasted coffee, it’d taste like a style and flavor that’s never existed before...thankfully we have that covered! There’s a perfect blend to the sounds of jazz and a freshly brewed cup of Three Keys.
Throughout his life, Miles Davis was at the helm of a changing concept of jazz. Winner of eight Grammy awards, Davis grew up in a supportive middle-class household, where he was introduced by his father to the trumpet at age 13.
Davis played professionally while still in high school. When he was 17 years old, Davis was invited by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker to join them onstage when the famed musicians realized they needed a trumpet player to replace a sick bandmate.
After that, Davis eventually enrolled at Juilliard school in New York, but after becoming more and more involved in New York’s jazz and bebop scene, he made the decision to drop out of Juilliard and become a full-time musician.
Eventually, after years spent gigging and working with the giants of the golden age of bebop, Davis formed a nine-piece band with uncommon additions, such as the French horn, trombone and tuba.
His band transformed over time, largely due to new band members and changes in style. The various members of his band went on to become some of the most influential musicians of the jazz fusion era. The development of jazz fusion was influenced by artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone, reflecting the "fusion" of jazz and rock.
Amongst his other achievements, commercial success, and critical accolades, Davis was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, becoming the first jazz artist to be so recognized.
If Miles Davis roasted coffee, his style would evolve over time, developing new techniques to bring out the best flavor while never losing sight of fundamentals. If Miles Davis roasted coffee, he would be willing to change with the times while always staying true to his own voice. If Miles Davis roasted coffee, we think it would taste a lot like Three Keys.
Photos: Miles Davis Official Website