Mile Davis (May 26, 1926 - September 28, 1991)
One of the most influential figures ever to the history and development of jazz was Miles Davis. His many contributions to the different styles of jazz (bebop, modal, cool, fusion, etc.) are the forefront for the development for many new, creative styles of jazz and genres of music. His 1959 Kind of Blue record is considered to be one of the most influential records of all time, and is hailed as a true treasure of the jazz community. Davis is considered to be one of the most innovative musicians, both artistically and personally, in the history of jazz, and music for that matter. His music continues to inspire musicians around the globe, and his legacy lives on in the history of jazz and in the sounds of newly inspired musicians.