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Jazz trumpet player Miles Davis

Jazz trumpet player Miles Davis, July 6, 1991, in Paris. Getty Images file

ALTON • The City Council here approved on Wednesday night erecting a bronze statue to honor Alton native and jazz icon Miles Davis.

Born May 26, 1927, Davis was a jazz trumpeter, bandleader and composer, and was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. The statue will be placed in the heart of downtown at 117 West Third Street.

Artist Preston Jackson has been commissioned to design the life-size likeness and the goal is for the unveiling to coincide with Davis’ birthday next year. Jackson is professor emeritus of sculpture at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Two not-for-profit entities – Alton Museum of History and Art and Pride Inc. — have partnered to form the Miles Davis Memorial Project, a fundraising arm where the community can contribute toward the creation of the sculpture. Currently, commemorative bricks are available for purchase for $75 or granite blocks, 12 inches by 12 inches, for $400. More information can be obtained at