The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION
MONTREAL - When people think of jazz legend Miles Davis, they invoke his troubled life or his skill with a trumpet. Dave Brubeck, himself a music icon, recalls a different side. "One day he came to my house, and my kids, when they came home from school, they saw Miles and I playing basketball,'' he said. ''They couldn't believe that. "Then he went to the punching bag. He liked to box. Did you know that? He was very interested in sports."
Brubeck, 89, was presented Monday with a special Miles Davis Award by the Montreal International Jazz Festival for his storied career, which includes his invention of a jazz style dubbed West Coast Cool.
Brubeck said he and Davis, who died in 1991, were close friends and toured together. "People said he could be hard to get along with but we got along great. We were truly friends. To get this award, this is wonderful because I admired him so much. It is a great tribute to have that." More...
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