Archive for September 20th, 2009

Melvin Maurice Miller – In the Moment

He is as charismatic as his music is captivating. Critics have aptly named him a composer, educator, musician, conductor and performing artist. His name, Melvin Maurice Miller. Born and raised in one of the largest cities historically known for great jazz and jazz greats, Chicago, Illinois – it’s no small wonder that music would become his life’s passion.

The sound of his horn and the style with which he performs comes from a variety of influences. He has learned from listening to many of the great masters. His sound: Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Doc Severinsen, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis. His phrasing: the vocals of Sarah Vaughn , Nancy Wilson and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few.

Let’s talk about his latest project first. In the Moment comes forth as a breath of fresh air from the one who has blown his horn internationally before crowds of thousands. The great expectations fulfilled in In the Moment fall right in line with the excellence that has become synonymous with Miller. The project boasts of 11 cuts, most of which are remakes, and two originals. A proud Miller states, “In the Moment was created to take listeners on a journey that causes them to think of where they were and what they were doing when they originally heard the covers (remakes.) There’s something about being taken back in time that evokes a feeling of the overall purpose of music, which is to make you feel good, to inspire joy and happiness and to sooth the soul. I think this project does that and more.”

For more information about Melvin Maurice Miller visit his website.