Miles Davis on racism in classical music, 1940s

“…I knew that no white symphony orchestra was going to hire a little black motherfucker like me, no matter how good I was.”


Miles attended the Julliard School of Music, which is world renowned and for a black student to enter it in the mid-1940s shows how musically brilliant he was. He travelled from East St. Louis to attend Julliard, which is in New York, which is a 1,000 mile journey. Julliard recruits from all over the USA and has a rigorous entry policy. Juilliard School: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, Requirements, and More – Music School Central

Miles Davis Miles: The Autobiography (1989) p59

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