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Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller at Jazz at the Bistro, St Louis, September 23, 2010

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, ...

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Mulgrew Miller at Dazzle Jazz in Denver, June 19, 2008

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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 ...

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Piano Trio: Mulgrew Miller & Armen Donelian

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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 ...

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Mulgrew Miller: Live at the Kennedy Center Volume 2

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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 ...

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Mulgrew Miller Trio Performs for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

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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 ...

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Mulgrew Miller: Live at the Kennedy Center, Volume 1

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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 ...

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Mulgrew Miller: Live At the Kennedy Center, Volume 1

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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 ...

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27th Annual Tri-C JazzFest

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Now in its 27th season, Cleveland's Tri-C JazzFest continues to balance artistic and financial considerations with a line-up this year that placed an emphasis on piano jazz. Much lamented was the absence of Latin Jazz night, a popular mainstay of the festival for several years now, which has become a separate event staged in the fall. In its place were several acts destined for crossover appeal including performances by Diane Schuur with the Caribbean Jazz Project, Yellowjackets, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and The Manhattan Transfer. Missing too were those bold shows that have previously tapped the repertoire of a ...

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Mulgrew Miller: Reshaping the Familiar

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Pianist Mulgrew Miller may not have the star power of Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner or Herbie Hancock. Nor has he ever been a “flavor du jour --possessing the passing but often fleeting large-scale popularity that may look good while it lasts, but rarely bodes well in the long term. But one look at his massive discography, which includes recording and/or touring with musical legends including Art Blakey, Tony Williams, Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard and it's clear that Miller is one of the busiest pianists working in mainstream jazz today.

He's also created a relatively small but important body of ...

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Two Volume 2s: Mulgrew Miller and Jessica Williams-Live at Yoshis Volume 2

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Two MaxJazz discs recorded live at Oakland's Yoshi's Jazz House surfaced on my desk at about the same time. Both are the followup releases for pianists: Mulgrew Miller and Jessica Williams, two performers of the same generation who came of age between the jazz-turbulent 1960s and the “young lions of the 1980s. The two performances offer a nice comparison in piano styles between Miller's muscular intelligence and Williams' fully informed lyricism. It is splendid there is such music making.

Mulgrew Miller Live at Yoshi's Volume 2 MaxJazz 2005

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Mulgrew Miller: Live At Yoshi's Volume Two

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Mulgrew Miller is one of the unsung heroes of jazz. The veteran pianist, who turns fifty this month, has played in the bands of major figures like Betty Carter, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey, and Tony Williams and has more than four hundred recording credits to his name. Though respected as a dependable, first-call sideman, he's only recently been getting the attention he deserves as a leader, thanks to a series of excellent releases on the MaxJazz label. That welcome trend should continue with his latest, a followup to last year's well-regarded trio outing recorded live at Yoshi's in Oakland.

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Mulgrew Miller: Live at Yoshi's Volume Two

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Mulgrew Miller may not be a household name, but he should be no stranger to jazz fans, with more than ten recordings to date as a leader. Miller might be the only pianist who can cite regular stints with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the incredible Tony Williams on his resume. This new release is dedicated to another somewhat unsung pianist, James Williams, who passed away during the recording sessions. Williams was a friend and mentor of Miller, going back to their days at Memphis State University. Both were inspired by players like Cedar Walton, Phineas Newborn, Jr., and Oscar ...

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Mulgrew Miller: Live at Yoshi's Volume Two

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Sometimes a live performance is a singular experience--not capable of being relived, and consequently not meant to be documented. Other times it's so vivid and so rich in emotion that it bears repeat visits. Pianist Mulgrew Miller's '04 trio release, Live at Yoshi's Volume One was one such show--so worthy, in fact, that its very title was enough to create immediate anticipation for a followup.

A year later, Live at Yoshi's Volume Two has clearly been worth the wait. It's filled with the same sense of adventure, yet within a wholly mainstream context. Miller, a veteran player with over 400 ...

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Mulgrew Miller Returns To Boston For James Williams Tribute

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Although Boston is not often associated with jazz, parts of the city have been infected with music's syncopating beat. Mulgrew Miller, jazz pianist and one-time Boston resident, returned last weekend to perform at a commemoration for his friend James Williams, a former Berklee College of Music instructor who passed away on July 20, 2004. Miller, a jazz phenom born in Greenwood, Mississippi, on August 13, 1955, remarkably started performing publicly at the age of nine. Miller's age puts him on the cusp of two distinctly different jazz generations - early and modern. The pianist has performed with, and learned from, ...



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