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Jason Miles

Some musicians are content to find one thing they like to do, and then to keep doing it for the rest of their career. Jason Miles is definitely not that kind of artist. Repetition is not a concept that even makes sense to him. Why stay stuck in one place when you can explore and experience something different? Moving determinedly forward has been Miles’ guiding philosophy since he began playing music professionally, more than four decades ago.

As a composer, keyboardist, producer and arranger, Grammy winner Miles has brought to every new project he’s undertaken a boundless sense of curiosity and adventure. No less than Roberta Flack said about him, “Jason Miles has raised the level of excellence for the musicians who have had the good fortune of working with him, myself included. He has enriched the lives of the millions of people who have listened to the music he plays, the recordings he produces and the countless musicians he mentors and inspires.”

From extensive collaborations with such giants as Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Grover Washington Jr., David Sanborn and Marcus Miller, to his own critically acclaimed recordings including To Grover With Love: Live in Japan (2016), Kind of New (2015, with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen), Global Noize (2008), What’s Going On? Songs of Marvin Gaye (2006) and Miles to Miles (2005), New York native Miles has always been a restless seeker. He has shifted seamlessly between a multitude of genres, from R&B to pop to Brazilian music and even children’s music and country (producing Suzy Boguss’ Sweet Danger)—and, of course, several different strains of jazz, from Latin to fusion.

As an independent artist, Miles has contributed to recordings by Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Michael Brecker, The Crusaders, Ruben Blades, Freddy Cole, George Benson, Joe Sample, Herb Alpert, Vanessa Williams and many others. He has performed at top festivals and venues throughout the world, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz Aspen, Umbria Jazz, North Sea, Jacksonville Jazz Fest, Cape Town Jazz Festival, Rios Das Ostras Brazil, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Tokyo Blue Note, AMO.

Now, with his newest release, Blue Is Paris, Jason Miles is taking his craftsmanship someplace “kind of new” altogether. Each of the album’s nine tracks is a personalized interpretation of the title track, a new piece composed by Miles in response to recent world events. Miles plays keyboards, Reggie Washington and Adam Dorn share bass duties, Jay Rodrigues is on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Vinnie Zummo is the guitarist and Gene Lake plays drums. The artists arranging and leading the successive versions of “Blue Is Paris” are Russell Gunn, Rickey Kej, Theo Croker, Maya Azucena, Patches Stewart, Jeff Coffin, Jukka Eskola, Ricardo Silveira and Miles himself. The track titles correspond to the name of the featured artist.

“I was doing a press tour of various cities in Europe in 2015 to promote my Kind of New album and one of my stops was Paris, right after the terrorist attacks,” Miles recalls. “Then, when I was on the plane home, looking at the great photos of Paris, it just came in my head: ‘Blue Is Paris.’ It was just one of those things!” The idea took shape when Miles remembered a late-1950s album his father had once owned: a collection titled Lullaby of Birdland, with the title track performed 12 different ways by 12 arrangers. 

“It was a moment of inspiration that sent me on this path,” Miles says. He chose the musicians with whom he wanted to share the concept and “told them the bottom line is to write a great melody to and give me something meaningful. I called up some of my favorite players from around the world and all of them wanted to participate. So in the spirit of Miles Davis, and the next space for ‘Kind of New,’ I made Blue Is Paris, my impressions of an incredibly resilient city—with the spirit of adventure that Miles [Davis] implanted in me and encouraged in me. Mission accomplished! To do that with one song was amazing.”

For Jason Miles, the insatiable hunger to embrace and appreciate all genres of music goes back to childhood. He grew up—like so many of his generation— immersed in the pop hits of the day but, by the time he reached his teens, he started to “pay attention to more serious music”: Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery. “I was always musically curious and wasn’t scared to buy a record that I didn’t know but that looked interesting,” he says.

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"The Quincy Jones of contemporary jazz." —Jonathan Widren, All Music

“Jason Miles has raised the level of excellence for the musicians who have had the good fortune of working with him, myself included. He has enriched the lives of the millions of people who have listened to the music he plays, the recordings he produces and the countless musicians he mentors and inspires. The work he did with my friends, Miles Davis and Marcus Miller have helped to define the modern face of jazz music." —Roberta Flack

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New York City

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I do clinics that teach everything from how to be a great producer to performance to the art of understanding the music business.have taught at Berklee, Manhattan School of Music, Ithaca College. 35 years of experience.


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Dream Dancer

33 Jazz


Kind Of New 2: Blue...

Lightyear Entertainment


Sly Reimagined

Zoho Roots


A Prayer For The...



Global Noize



Blue is Paris/Night Time

From: Kind Of New 2: Blue Is Paris
By Jason Miles


From: Global Noize
By Jason Miles



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