Mulgrew Miller, piano; Ray Drummond, bass; Louis Hayes, drums; Gregory
Wednesday, August 5, 8 pm
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Listen: "Song for Darnell"
Listen: "Old Folks"
Pianist Mulgrew Miller is one of the premier contemporary
performers on his instrument and an important voice in the jazz piano
pantheon. His peers cite him as one of the most sought-after pianists
in modern jazz, due to his originality, versatility, and deep knowledge
of many styles and traditions. Miller is a dazzling soloist whose
style fuses the swinging energy of classic bebop with the adventurous
sophistication of modern jazz. As an accompanist he inspires his
fellow musicians, adapting sensitively to their ideas while inspiring
them with his own distinct sound. Born and raised in the Mississippi
delta, Miller was surrounded by blues and gospel as a child. Early
gigs with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Art Blakey, Tony Williams,
Betty Carter, and many others shaped his unique musical style. He
has recorded more than a dozen albums as a leader, and his credits
as a sideman are extensive. Miller’s Stanford Jazz Festival
performance features a trio with bassist Ray Drummond and a tag-team
of outstanding drummers: hard-bop pioneer Louis Hayes and rising
star Gregory Hutchinson.
“Miller quietly wrings as much emotion out of a grand piano as
is possible for any human to do.”
– All About Jazz
Mulgrew Miller website
Supported in part by Jay Clemens & Carolyn Seen
Photo Credit: Scott Chernis
Who is your favorite jazz musician under the age of 30?
I have two: Vibraphonist Warren Wolf and alto saxophonist
Tim Green, both from Baltimore.
What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever had
on the bandstand?
I couldn't find a piece of music that had
fallen unseen and face down on the floor. It was the
only music I needed at that moment
out of a book of approximately 25 or more songs.
What’s your favorite food?
What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?
What’s the last book you’ve read?
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
If you could play with any other musician, living or dead
(with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Sarah Vaughan. She was my favorite singer and accompanying her would
have been heavenly.
What’s your favorite jazz venue?
Probably Yoshi's in Oakland.