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Upper West Side Street Renamed in Miles Davis' Honor

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Legendary musician Miles Davis' name will now forever be tied to the Manhattan street he called home. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.

The familiar sounds of Miles Davis' famous trumpet filled 77th Street on what would have been his 88th birthday.

Hundreds turned out to rename this block after the musician.

And just how excited was everyone?

After a string snafu during the street sign unveiling, one enterprising and athletic fan climbed the lamp post to make sure this stretch between Riverside and West End officially became Miles Davis Way.

"This is where the seminal pieces of music were rehearsed. You know, the quintet was here. We did a record here with man with the horn. It's like what Graceland is to Elvis, this is to Miles Davis: Miles Davis Way," said Vince Wilburn, Jr., Miles Davis' Nephew.

Davis lived on this block and made some of his most memorable music as a resident of the Upper West Side.

The jazz legends who got the chance to play with Davis say this is an honor he deserved.

Miles Davis was not only a legend but he was a trendsetter in terms of pushing the envelope," said jazz musician Bobbi Humphrey.

"He was a pioneer in the change in music. He kept evolving," said jazz musician Jimmy Heath.

"New York is the place where everybody wants to come because they say if you make it here, you make it anywhere. So Miles came here and made it big," drummer Jimmy Cobb said.

Davis' children say he was inspired by life in the city and even though he wasn't born here, this is a place he always called home.

"This is kind of like when we think of Miles in New York, we think of 77th," said Erin Davis, Miles Davis' Son.

"He thought the sounds of New York were musical to him in different ways and that's how he used it in his music and in his profession," said Miles Davis' daughter Cheryl Davis.

For the fans, this was a chance to come together to celebrate his life and make sure his music is never forgotten.

"He never stood still, his music keep moving,"

"This is what New York is about. New York is Miles Davis,"

Now, there is a permanent reminder of that famous connection between the city and the legendary musician.

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