Mulgrew Miller

Dear friends and fans,

It is a known fact that the audience that buys and listens to jazz is getting older — these days averaging from 50 years and over. The active, popular performers in the art form are also getting older.

Our most recent departure was Mulgrew Miller a jazz pianist/composer/arranger and hell of a player. He first started realizing notoriety in the 70s when he joined the Ellington ensemble- with Mercer Ellington as the leader. He also performed with Woody Shaw (trumpeter), Betty Carter (singer), Tony Williams (drummer), lead his own trio and contributed greatly to a number of jazz exponents’  albums, CDs, and performances. Mulgrew was also the director of the jazz studies program at William Patterson College in New Jersey.

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He was born in 1955 in Greenwood, Mississippi and is thought to have had a brain aneurism causing the “great change.” For me, he was one of the greatest, swingingest pianists of his generation– if not the best. He could put you in a trance with the melody or send you flying with his technical proficiency. It was my privilege to witness him in performance with the likes of Betty Carter, Woody Shaw, Tony Williams and his own trio. We’ll truly miss his musical personality.

Here are some suggested discs for your listening and/or purchase:

Also check out: “Work,” “Wingspan,” and “Landmarks.”

He recorded several projects for Novus Records which will not be listed here but are wonderful recordings.

“The Sequel”, (2002) – MAXJAZZ

“Live at Yoshi’s, Vol. 1”, (2004)

“Live at Yoshi’s, Vol. 2”, (2005)

“Live at the Kennedy Center Vol. 1”, (2006)

“Live at the Kennedy Center Vol. 2”, (2007)

Friends and fans, especially those of you who like jazz, what suggestions do you have for strengthening, building this art form? Your comments on this subject, and all subjects discussed here, are welcomed.

H.B.