Description: Pianist, USA
Known For: 1985: Keys to the City – 1990: From Day to Day

Instruments: Piano
Music Styles: Jazz, R&B, Blues.

Location: Greenwood, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Date Born: 13th August 1955
Location Born: Greenwood, Missippi, United States of America

Date Died: 29th May 2013
Location Died: Greenwood
Cause Of Death: Aged 57

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Mulgrew Miller

An American jazz pianist. Miller’s style was influential in jazz during the 1980s and 90s, and in the tradition of Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, and Kenny Barron.

Miller had a childhood filled with early musical experiences, mostly playing gospel music in his church and R&B and blues at dances. Miller was interested in jazz piano, and established a trio in high school that would play at cocktail parties.

Miller admitted that they did not really know what they were doing and were merely “approaching jazz”. Miller is said to have set his mind definitely to becoming a jazz pianist after seeing Oscar Peterson on television.

Career He began his career with Betty Carter (1980), Woody Shaw (1981-1983), and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (1983-1986).

He has released four albums with Derrick Hodge (bass) and Karriem Riggins (drums) (both on the label MAXJAZZ): Live At Yoshi’s Vol. 1 (2004), Live At Yoshi’s Vol. 2 (2005), Live At The Kennedy Center Vol. 1 (2006), and Live At The Kennedy Center Vol. 2 (2007).

On May 20, 2006, Miller was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Performing Arts at Lafayette College’s 171st Commencement Exercises.

Later life [edit]Miller spent the last years of his life in Easton, Pennsylvania. He was the Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University and the Artist in Residence at Lafayette College for 2008-2009. His last working trio consisted of Ivan Taylor on bass and Rodney Green on drums.

Miller died as a result of a stroke in Lehigh Hospital on May 29th, 2013. He is survived by his wife Tanya and children Leilani and Darnell.


As leader

1985: Keys to the City (Landmark Records)
1986: Work (Landmark)
1987: Wingspan (Landmark)
1988: The Countdown (Landmark)
1990: From Day to Day (Landmark)
1991: Time and Again (Landmark)
1992: Landmarks (Landmark)
1992: Hand In Hand (Novus Records)
1993: With Our Own Eyes (Novus)
1995: Getting to Know You (Novus)
2002: The Sequel (MAXJAZZ)
2004: Live At Yoshi’s, Vol. 1 (MAXJAZZ)
2005: Live at Yoshi’s, Vol. 2 (MAXJAZZ)
2006: Live at the Kennedy Center Vol. 1 (MAXJAZZ)
2007: Live at the Kennedy Center: Vol. 2 (MAXJAZZ)
2010: Solo (Socadisc Records)
As sideman

With Art Blakey

New York Scene (1984)
Blue Night (1985)
Live at Kimball’s (1985)
Live at Sweet Basil (1985)
With Stefon Harris

A Cloud of Red Dust (1998)
With Benny Golson

Live (1995)
With Betty Carter

It’s Not About the Melody (1992)
With Ron Carter

The Golden Striker (2003)
With Kenny Garrett

Introducing Kenny Garrett (1985)
Garrett 5 (1989)
African Exchange Student (1990)
Beyond The Wall (2006)
With Antonio Hart

For the First Time (1991)
With Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw

Double Take (1985)
The Eternal Triangle (1987)
With Joe Lovano

Tenor Legacy (Blue Note, 1993)
Quartets: Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1995)
With Charles McPherson

Come Play With Me (1995)
With Lewis Nash

Jazz Museum – Tribute to Great Artists (2008)
With Nicholas Payton

From This Moment (1994)
With Wallace Roney

Verses (1987)
Intuition (1988)
The Standard Bearer (1989)
With Woody Shaw

Live Volume 3 (1977)
Master of the Art (1982)
Lotus Flower (1982)
United (1981)
With Alex Sipiagin

Mirages (2009)
With Terell Stafford

New Beginnings (2003)
With Superblue

Superblue (1988, Blue Note Records)[5]
With Myron Walden

Hypnosis (1996)
With John Stubblefield

Confessin’ (Soul Note, 1984)
Countin’ the Blues (Enja Records, 1987)
With Tony Williams

Foreign Intrigue (1986)
Civilization (1987)
Angel Street (1988)
Native Heart (1990)
The Story of Neptune (1991)
Tokyo Live (1992)
Young At Heart (1998)
With Cassandra Wilson

Blue Skies (JMT, 1988)
With Warren Wolf

Incredible Jazz Vibes (2005)
Black Wolf (2009)
With John D’Earth

Restoration Comedy (2000)
With Pierrick Pedron

Deep In A Dream (2007)