Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jazz Pianist Mulgrew Miller Had St. Louis Connections

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jazz Pianist Mulgrew Miller Had St. Louis Connections

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Among serious jazz fans, pianist Mulgrew Miller was revered as a traditionalist in the best sense. In its blend of poetry and punch, his music was not unlike that of such better-known pianists as Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner. What Miller lacked in mainstream fame he more than made up for in timeless artistry.

Miller, who died on May 29 at age 57 after suffering a stroke, recorded some of his most well-regarded albums for the St. Louis- based MAXJAZZ label. The pianist was also a frequent performer at Jazz at the Bistro.

"It's pretty clear how much he was loved by musicians, and by his fans," said Richard McDonnell, president of MAXJAZZ. "He was such a positive influence on the jazz community, especially on young jazz musicians.

"And all along the way, he was very true to his music," McDonnell said. "He knew the way he wanted to approach jazz piano, and he did. He wasn't really out for fame or fortune."

Miller made five albums for MAXJAZZ: "The Sequel" (2002), "Live at Yoshi's, Volume One" (2004), "Live at Yoshi's, Volume Two" (2005), "Live at the Kennedy Center, Volume One" (2006) and "Live at the Kennedy Center, Volume Two" (2007). …

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