Upper West Side Street Renamed in Miles Davis’ Honor

The familiar sounds of Miles Davis’ famous trumpet filled 77th Street on what would have been his 88th birthday.


Hundreds turned out to rename this block after the musician.


And just how excited was everyone?


After a string snafu during the street sign unveiling, one enterprising and athletic fan climbed the lamp post to make sure this stretch between Riverside and West End officially became Miles Davis Way.


“This is where the seminal pieces of music were rehearsed. You know, the quintet was here. We did a record here with man with the horn. It’s like what Graceland is to Elvis, this is to Miles Davis: Miles Davis Way,” said Vince Wilburn, Jr., Miles Davis’ Nephew.


Davis lived on this block and made some of his most memorable music as a resident of the Upper West Side.


The jazz legends who got the chance to play with Davis say this is an honor he deserved.


Miles Davis was not only a legend but he was a trendsetter in terms of pushing the envelope,” said jazz musician Bobbi Humphrey.

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