Kenny Barron/Mulgrew MillerJazz at the Bistro/Season OpenerSt Louis MOSeptember 23, 2010 St Louis' prime jazz venue opened its current season with Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller, two legendary pianists whose inaugural appearance kicked off the first Jazz at the Bistro season fifteen years ago. Love For Sale" set the pace for the hard swingin' bluesy exchange which was to be the hallmark of the show. The styles of these giants have so much in common that distinguishing the soloist from the comper" was not easy. The nine-foot Steinway grand pianos consumed the stage area, ...read more
Mulgrew Miller Trio Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge Denver, Colorado June 19, 2008, First Set
In a rare Denver appearance Thursday, June 19, pianist Mulgrew Miller and his trio showed what sophisticated jazz is all about. Using a program of popular and jazz standards as a launching pad, the group swung through an evening of adult entertainment. No, wait a minute, not that kind. Miller plays elegant, grownup music that's tasteful, melodic and rhythmic.
Mulgrew Miller is an in-demand pianist, having played on over 400 recordings as both a side man and a ...read more
Mulgrew Miller Live at the Kennedy Center, Volume Two MAXJazz 2007 Armen Donelian Oasis Sunnyside Records 2008
The piano trio in jazz is possibly analogous to the string quartet in classical music. Both are established performing vehicles with long, important conventions and traditions but also with a history of innovation. Students of classical composition pour over the string quartets of Beethoven and Bartók; in jazz, the trios of Oscar Peterson, Bud ...read more
Mulgrew Miller was once opined as being one of the most underrated pianists in jazz, belonging to a middle generation of musicians between the 1950s-'60s masters and the young lions of the 1990s. Proving patience is a virtue and there is something to be said for simply doing one's job consistently (citing Cal Ripkin, Jr.) Miller is in the midst of making the finest music of his distinguished career. Live at the Kennedy Center Volume 2 completes Miller's inauguration of the KC Jazz Club atop Washington, DC's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, following Live at the Kennedy Center Volume ...read more
Mulgree Miller Trio Philadelphia Chamber Music Concert Series Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall February 16, 2007
Philadelphia is fortunate to have an outstanding ongoing series of concerts sponsored by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. The series is held at various venues throughout the downtown area and offers some of the finest classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and small ensembles on the world scene, with occasional forays into jazz and other musical forms. The jazz events this fall have featured vocalist Nnenna Freelon, guitarist Pat Martino, and now, pianist Mulgrew Miller. The setting for most ...read more
There's probably no better pianist working in the jazz mainstream today than Mulgrew Miller. The Mississippi native currently runs the jazz program at New Jersey's William Patterson University while maintaining a busy touring and recording schedule. Miller has come into his own as a leader in recent years after notable stints with Art Blakey, Woody Shaw and Tony Williams, among others. This live trio recording from Washington, DC's Kennedy Center closely (perhaps too closely) follows the format of his previous two outings for the label, both live dates from Yoshi's jazz club in Oakland. But the new ...read more
The best thing about Live at the Kennedy Center, Volume 1 is that there will be a Volume 2. Mulgrew Miller is a consummate captain of the piano trio and larger ensembles and has released a string of fine recordings on the MaxJazz imprint, including Live At Yoshi's, Volume 1 & Volume 2 and The Sequel. Miller is a large man and a commanding pianist, like Oscar Peterson, and I suspect that he will inherit the mantle that once belonged to Art Tatum.
Live at the Kennedy Center is a Thanksgiving Feast in five courses. Each of the ...read more