Jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller to perform in WCSU concert Nov. 30
Miller to join student jazz ensembles at Ives Concert Hall
DANBURY, CONN. — Legendary jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller will perform in concert with five Western Connecticut State University student ensembles at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.
General admission will be $15; reservations are available at www.wcsu.edu/tickets or (203) 837-TIXX. Western students with valid ID may attend free of charge, with a fee of $10 for non-WCSU students.
Miller has earned international acclaim in jazz music circles as a sideman, bandleader, recording artist and music educator during a career spanning nearly four decades. A native of Greenwood, Miss., Miller studied at Memphis State University with pianists James Williams and Donald Brown. He first earned the attention of jazz critics in the 1970s as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Duke’s son, trumpeter Mercer Ellington.
“Mulgrew Miller is one of the greatest jazz pianists in the world today,” remarked jazz saxophonist and bandleader Jimmy Greene, assistant professor of music and assistant coordinator of jazz studies at WCSU.
“Miller’s credits as a sideman include stints with a who’s who of jazz luminaries, including Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Woody Shaw, Tony Williams and Ron Carter,” Greene observed. “He is one of the most recorded jazz musicians of his generation, with more than 400 recordings to his credit as a sideman and a bandleader.”
Miller has released a series of recordings on the Landmark, RCA/Novus and MaxJazz labels over the past three decades as bandleader for Wingspan and other jazz groups. His trio produced four MaxJazz albums released from 2004 to 2007, including “Live at Yoshi’s” Volumes 1 and 2 featuring Derrick Hodge on bass and Karriem Riggins on drums, and “Live at the Kennedy Center” Volumes 1 and 2 featuring Hodge on bass and Rodney Green on drums.
The pianist’s biography in the Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians observed that “Mulgrew Miller performs with truthful invention, harmonic intellectualism and a keen sense of sophistication in his compositions and improvisations. In his work with drummer Art Blakey, bassist Steve Swallow and as a leader, Mulgrew has demonstrated his sharp musical intuition.”
Recipient in 2006 of an honorary doctorate in performing arts from Lafayette College, Miller is a member of the music faculty and director of jazz studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J.
The concert is sponsored by the WCSU Department of Music. Student members of the participating WCSU jazz ensembles will receive individual coaching and rehearsal from Miller in preparation for the concert.
For more information call (203) 837-8350 or visit www.wcsu.edu/music/concerts.asp.
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