Mulgrew Miller

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Date of Birth August 13, 1955
Place of Birth Greenwood, Mississippi
Date of Death May 29, 2013 (57)
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Mulgrew Miller

Mulgrew Miller was an American jazz pianist, composer, and educator. As a child he played in churches and was influenced on piano by Ramsey Lewis and then Oscar Peterson. Aspects of their styles remained in his playing, but he added the greater harmonic freedom of McCoy Tyner and others in developing as a hard bop player and then in creating his own style, which influenced others from the 1980s on.

Born: August 13, 1955, Greenwood, Mississippi, U.S.
Died: May 29, 2013, Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres: Jazz
Occupation(s): Musician, composer, educator
Instruments: Piano
Years active: 1970s–2013
Labels: Landmark, Novus, Maxjazz
Associated acts: Art Blakey, Woody Shaw, Tony Williams

About Mulgrew Miller

Jazz artist who recorded influential works with several great artists of the 1970s and 1980s.

Before Fame

He was inspired to become a jazz player after seeing a performance of Oscar Peterson on TV. His initial attempts at learning jazz were not successful.

Achievement

He collaborated with Betty Carter, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Tony Williams, and many others across a career in which he participated in more than 500 albums as accompanying pianist.

Family Life

His family was residing in Greenwood, Mississippi, when he was born.

Associations

He formed a jazz trio, taking on not only jazz standards, but also works by Cole Porter and Thelonious Monk.

Information related to Mulgrew Miller

  • Novus Records artists
  • Landmark Records artists
  • Modal jazz pianists
  • Mainstream jazz pianists
  • Hard bop pianists
  • Jazz Messengers
  • Musicians from Mississippi
  • Post-bop pianists
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