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Looking for Miles Davis' Home in NYC?

By Monica Miller, WBGO News
New York City. May 16, 2013

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Friends celebrate Miles Davis during the unveiling of a historical plaque at his Upper West Side home

Miles Davis may have passed away more than 20 years ago. But he’s still making history in the Big Apple.

312 West 77th Street normally sits on a quiet block lined with trees on the Upper West Side. But dozens of Miles Davis friends, fans and musicians crammed on to the sidewalk in front of his former brownstone for the unveiling of a plaque from the New York City Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.

Percussionist James Mtume says he believes his friend’s spirit is still in the home.

“You know, I was like a young man, like 25, 24 and we rehearsed here. And, uh, we also ate here because I came over many times. Miles would call me and we would just hang out.”

Trumpeter Wallace Roney says the home was where Davis created some of his best know pieces like Kind of Blues and Bitches Brew.  

“Other than being on the road, he just loved it. That was his sanctuary.”

Davis bought the home in the predominately white neighborhood in 1958 and lived there for 25 years.

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