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The Pulse: Michael Stradford Reflects on His Book 'MilesStyle: The Fashion of Miles Davis'

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Miles Davis will forever be etched in history for the way he continually evolved musically. He effortlessly transformed with the times, moving from bebop to fusion — as did his style.

Davis inherited his fashion sensibilities from his father, a successful dentist and businessman who instilled in him a great sense of confidence and pride in personal appearance. Posthumously, he has been hailed as one of the most stylish musicians of all time by both Esquire and GQ

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Michael Stradford has simultaneously encapsulated the musical and aesthetic journey of Miles Davis in his book, MilesStyle: The Fashion of Miles Davis. It isn’t just a coffee table book. It’s an in-depth look at the relationships he built throughout his life and their influence on his personal style, featuring interviews with Quincy Jones, Frances Davis, Clark Terry, Betty Davis, Vince Wilburn, Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Ron Carter, Marcus Miller and more.

Davis left an indelible mark on everything and everyone he touched. Perhaps more importantly, however, is the impression he made on the confidence of darker-hued African Americans. His mere presence made it acceptable to flex in your complexion, as he helped lay the blueprint for free artistic expression and individuality. On the first virtual edition of The Pulse, Stradford  talks about his writing process, and the many facets that contributed to Miles's persona. (Note: The first five minutes of the video captures some technical difficulty. Feel free to fast forward.)

MilesStyle: The Fashion of Miles Davis releases on May 12, and is currently available for preorder on Amazon. For signed copies visit Michael Stradford’s website

Keanna Faircloth is a Washington, DC native and comes to WBGO getting her start on-air at WPFW 89.3 FM in 2003, most recently as the host of Late Night Jazz: The Continuum Experience. She is a graduate of Howard University having majored in Music History with a minor in Classical Piano. Keanna has written for NPR Music, and worked for Radio One as an on-air personality, producer and voice-over talent. She is also the creator and host of Artimacy Podcast, where she has interviewed artists like Wynton Marsalis, Matthew Whitaker, Jonathan Butler, and Dionne Warwick. As a result, she was recognized by Radio Ink Magazine as a 2019 African American leader in radio.