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Mulgrew Miller Trio at the San Jose Jazz Festival

Mulgrew Miller  

At the San Jose Repertory Theater, Mulgrew Miller moves easily from standards to Brazilian to bebop to his own compositions. His is arguably one of the best trios in jazz, today or ever. Over the last two decades, Miller has also been a top jazz session pianist, working nearly 400 recordings with legends Art Blakey, Betty Carter and Tony Williams among others.

When Mulgrew Miller was 15 and a budding young pianist playing blues, country and gospel tunes in his native Mississippi, he saw the Oscar Peterson Trio on television for the first time. The trio's relentless swing blew Miller away and he dedicated himself to becoming a jazz musician.

Miller studied with the outstanding pianists James Williams and Donald Brown at Memphis State University, and by age 20 he was playing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, then under the direction of Duke's son Mercer.

Mulgrew made his first recordings as a leader in 1985. Through the 1980s and '90s, a series of fine albums followed on the Landmark and Novus labels. He currently records for MaxJazz and his latest release is The Sequel.

"If I Should Lose You" (Rainer/Robin, Music Corp./ASCAP)
"When I Get There" (Miller, Mulgrew Publishing/BMI)
"From Day to Day" (Miller, Mulgrew Publishing/BMI)
"O Grande Amor" (Jobim, Corcovado Music Corp/BMI)
"Woody N You" (Gillespie/Passman, Wren Music Co/BMI)


  • Mulgrew Miller on MAXJAZZ

    Becca Pulliam produced our live sessions, which were recorded by JazzSet's Technical Director Duke Markos.

    Thanks to Jesai Bancroft, Steve Schonbeck and Ian Campbell, manager of the San Jose Repertory Theater.

    This show was written and produced by Mark Schramm. Thanks to audio engineer Ginger Bruner at KUNV Las Vegas. Our executive producer is Thurston Briscoe the Third, of WBGO-FM in Newark.

    Copyright 2007 NPR