“Miles Davis has been voted the greatest jazz artist of all time in a recent BBC poll. The trumpeter beat Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, all of whom were featured in the top 10 voted for by listeners of BBC Radio and Jazz FM and compiled by BBC Music Jazz.
The artist, who died in 1991, was a pioneer of 20th-century music, leading many of the key developments in the world of jazz and releasing the 1959 album Kind of Blue.
His life is marked in the new film, Miles Ahead, a biopic about his turbulent life, set in the late 1970s and directed by actor Don Cheadle.
Jazz FM presenter Helen Mayhew said that Davis was “a very worthy musician to have been voted in” at the top of the 50 chart. “The epitome of cool and an iconic character, Miles was at the forefront of key developments in the sound of jazz through each decade of his long career,” she added.
As well as the aforementioned, the likes of Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk were voted into the top 10, from a list of 50 shortlisted musicians drawn up by a panel of BBC jazz presenters, Jazz FM presenters, jazz musicians, critics, and journalists.“