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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Mulgrew Miller: Live at Yoshi's, Volume One

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Mulgrew Miller's second release for MaxJazz, his first live recording as a leader, captures the pianist's current working trio featuring his long time associate, drummer Karriem Riggins, and the amazing young Philadelphia bassist Derrick Hodge, at Yoshi's, the Bay Area's premier jazz establishment, in a set of classic music that should stir any discerning listener. Miller possesses one the most impressive pedigrees in jazz today, boasting tenures with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Woody Shaw and Tony ...

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Mulgrew Miller: Live At Yoshi's, Volume One

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Gone are the days when a live recording would find the artist being drowned out by loud conversation or by microphones that are misplaced and under-valued. Just look at some of our treasured historical recordings of Bird and Diz, and from other pioneers such as Pops. Some of their early live sessions stood worlds apart from the superior sound later captured in the studio. MaxJazz in general, and Phil Edwards Recording in particular, have captured every nuance from Mulgrew Miller's ...


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