Thank you! Fundraising goals for this project have been met.  

Donations are no longer being accepted.


Be sure to mark your calendar for the Unveiling Date of

September 12, 2015 at the statue site located on West 3rd

Street in downtown Alton, IL.




History and Information 

The Miles Davis Memorial Project was born by collaborations between

The Miles Davis Jazz Committee of the Alton Museum of History and

Art and Pride, Incorporated, sharing the same vision of a statue

honoring the genius of his music and the fact that such a world

renowned musician was born in Alton, Illinois.  Through research and

popular opinion it was decided that the sculpture should be located in

Alton's entertainment district on Third Street.

Miles Davis is regarded as one of the most innovative, influential and

respected figures in the history of music.  He has been described as “one

of the great innovators in jazz.”  The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock

& Roll noted "Miles Davis played a crucial and inevitably controversial

role in every major development in jazz since the mid-'40s, and no other

jazz musician has had such a profound effect on rock. Miles Davis was

the most widely recognized jazz musician of his era, an outspoken social

critic and an arbiter of style—in attitude and fashion—as well as music.

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was born to

an affluent African American family in Alton, Illinois. His father, Miles

D. Davis, was a dentist. In 1927 the family moved to East St. Louis,


Miles was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and

composer.  He, with his musical groups, was at the forefront of several

major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop,

modal jazz, and jazz fusion.

Fund-raising initiatives are under way, as well as public awareness

campaigns and upcoming events.

Acclaimed sculptor Preston Jackson was selected to create the

slightly larger-than-life bronze of the legendary jazz musician and Alton



For additional information about the Miles Davis Memorial Project,

contact Pride, Incorporated at 618-467-2375 or

email   You are also encouraged to

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