Jazz icon Miles Davis gets block named in his honor

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Musician Miles Davis is shown during recording session in 1959 for ‘Kind of Blue.’

The block that was the longtime home to a jazz legend was finall renamed in his honor on Wednesday.

Officials renamed a stretch of W. 77th St. “Miles Davis Way” Wednesday, resolving a lengthy battle for the jazz impresario’s neighbor, Shirley Zafirau, who fought for years to get the street name changed.

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NYC Landmarks Preservation Center marks Miles Davis' home at 312 W 77 st as a historic site Thursday, May 16.

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NYC Landmarks Preservation Center marks Miles Davis’ home at 312 W 77 st as a historic site Thursday, May 16.

Davis, who died in 1991, lived at 312 W. 77th St., between Riverside Dr. and West End Ave., for a quarter century, and was known to hold jam sessions on his stoop, much to the chagrin of his silence-loving neighbors.

Davis’ nephew, Los Angeles-based drummer Vincent Wilburn Jr., was on hand Wednesday to watch outgoing Mayor Bloomberg sign the bill.

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The jazz great was also honored in May when the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center placed a cultural medallion outside the Upper West Side brownstone.

bstebner@nydailynews.com


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