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Grammy award winning Boston Globe jazz critic Bob Blumenthal says, “Discover a jazz treasure. Miles Donahue is one of the best-kept secrets. Equally adept on trumpet and various saxophones and a composer of grace and originality…” Miles Donahue’s jazz career did not begin in earnest until age 45. Although in the '60s he performed at many venues with his own group that featured Harvey Swartz, Jerry Bergonzi, Charlie Banacos, Nick Goumas and Jack Diefendorf. One of these concerts in 1972 performed with Charlie Banacos and Jerry Bergonzi became known as the famous Arlington street Church Concert. In the '80s Miles did two albums for which he wrote all the original material with New York Philharmonic flutist Paige Brook


Just Passing Thru

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2021
Track listing: Hear My Words; Living Room Blues; Killing Me Softly; Just Passing Thru; Donny’s Groove; A Man of Few Words; 7/9/65; Railroaded; Ireland

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tony Tixier, David Larsen, Charlie Mariano, Miles Donahue and more!

Read "Tony Tixier, David Larsen, Charlie Mariano, Miles Donahue and more!" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the 709th Episode of Neon Jazz with the talented Paris-based Tony Tixier with new material off his latest 2020 album I am Human. He has a history with many Kansas City musicians and is a great fit to begin a new episode featuring music from brilliant young cats. We also profile new music from ...


Article: Album Review

Miles Donahue: Just Passing Thru

Read "Just Passing Thru" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Miles Donahue is a versatile musician, a talent that serves him well on Just Passing Thru, an album wherein he not only plays soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, trumpet and keyboards but also wrote all but one of the session's nine selections. This is basically a quintet with guitarist Mike Stern added on the last three ...


News: Recording

A Welcome Guest: On 'Just Passing Thru' Miles Donahue Makes Himself Comfortable

A Welcome Guest: On 'Just Passing Thru' Miles Donahue Makes Himself Comfortable

Miles Donahue’s latest album, coming on the heels of The Bug (Whaling City Sound, 2017), Just Passing Thru is large in scope and beautiful in execution. The absurdly talented player, vibrant on both tenor and soprano saxophones, trumpet and keyboard, shows just how broad his musical wingspan is. It certainly helps that he has an amazing ...


The Bug

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2017
Track listing: Bill; The Bug; All Grown Up; Hawthorne Hideaway; Leaving Home; Swamp House; Clifford; Innocent Bystander; In Three.


Article: Album Review

Miles Donahue: The Bug

Read "The Bug" reviewed by Jack Bowers

People who have an aversion to bugs (do you know any?) may hesitate to purchase (or even review) an album whose title epitomizes the very thing they abhor. But even though multi-instrumentalist Miles Donahue's new album does nod to that often-despised creature and even includes a song by that name, there is more to it than ...



Label: Amerigo Records
Released: 2015


In The Pocket / Bounce

Label: Amerigo Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: In the Pocket: 01. In The Pocket-3:57; 02. Kelneka -6:05; 03. McEljim- 6:22; 04. 4 D’s And A G-5:55; 05. Emma’s Song-7:41; 06. Lights Out-8:08; 07. All The Way /Van Heusen/Cahn)-7:03; 08. A SometimeThing-7:43; 09. Waiting For The Ice Cream Man-7:36; 10. IN The Pocket-6:15; 11. Emma’s Song •reprise-2.02. Ad eccezione del brano n. 7, tutte le composizioni sono di Donahue. Bounce: Bounce-8:58; 02. Uppy-9:00; 03. Alone By Myself-5:15; 04. Close To You-4:00; 05. Rhap-5:27; 06. Watch Were You’re Going-7:05; 07. On The Street Were You Live-5:10; 08. Stabilize-4:53; 09. Ditchdigger-6:29; 10. Beatiful Dove -3:44. Tutte le composizioni sono di Donahue.


Article: Album Review

Miles Donahue Quintet: In The Pocket / Bounce

Read "In The Pocket / Bounce" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Pur essendo un multistrumentista di vaglia, Miles Donahue non ha mai lasciato tracce particolarmente significative sul versante discografico. Lo confermano i suoi due più recenti lavori da leader, che - e tra alti e bassi - ne evidenziano una cifra stilistica irrisolta. Sia in quartetto che in quintetto, lo si ammira qui per il ragguardevole spessore ...


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