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JAZZ PIANIST MILLER IN UVI CONCERT, WORKSHOP

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March 10, 2003 — "Bye Bye Blackbird." "Take the 'A' Train." "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square." "God Bless the Child."
Those are just a few of the jazz classics to be presented Thursday, March 20, when jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller will be in the spotlight at a concert by the University of the Virgin Islands Jazz Ensemble. Featured on vocals will be Danielle Greenaway and pianist/vocalist Detra Davis, said a release from UVI Jazz Ensemble conductor Martin Lamkin.
The concert will be at 8 p.m. at UVI's Little Theatre on the St. Thomas campus. Tickets, available from the UVI Humanities Division, the Music Department and Jazz Ensemble members, are $10.
Much has been written about Miller's ever-evolving style, according to biographical information included with the release. Hailing from Greenwood, a small town in the Mississippi delta, Miller presents music tinged with the blues/gospel flavor of his beginnings. He studied formally from age eight and performed as a teenager, before arriving in New York with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1977.
As a teen, he heard his first jazz record by Oscar Peterson. "I was blown away," Miller is quoted on several Internet sites. "I knew right then that I would be a jazz pianist."
In the summer of '97 he toured Japan with a group of ten pianists called "100 Gold Fingers." He maintains a full agenda including workshops, recordings, commissioned composing, tours and duos with Danish jazz bassist, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen. He has produced more than 200 recordings, recently coming out with "Mulgrew Miller and Wingspan," his first recording as leader in seven years, for the new MaxJazz label.
The concert is sponsored by the Music Department of UVI's Humanities Division. It is funded in part by the V.I. Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional sponsorship is provided by Best Western-Emerald Beach Hotel.
In keeping with his full agenda, Miller will offer a free clinic at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the choir room of the Music Building on the St. Thomas campus. The public is invited.

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