October 15, 2009

Jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller to perform at Shryock

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale welcomes jazzman Mulgrew Miller and his ensemble, Wingspan, to Shryock Auditorium Oct. 22.

The famed jazz pianist and ensemble take the stage at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free to SIUC students with their student identification, and $10 for the general public.

Miller has more than three decades as a musician to his credit. A Mississippi native, Miller grew up on blues, rhythm and blues and gospel, but also studied classical piano. He formed his first musical ensemble while still in high school. He discovered jazz during a televised performance from Oscar Peterson.

Miller went on to study jazz at Memphis State University. Later, he learned from some of the best by working with some of the important jazz names of the time, including Betty Carter, Woody Shaw, and Tony Williams. In 1995, in a New York Times poll, his peers voted Miller the most in-demand pianist. Miller has more than 400 recordings to his credit, both solo and as part of an ensemble. As a touring musician, he brings jazz music to venues both nationally and internationally.

Miller formed the quintet Wingspan in the 1990s, but continues to perform solo and with other ensembles.

Tickets for this performance are available in advance at the ticket offices in the SIU Arena or in the Student Center as well as from the Shryock Auditorium box office. Tickets are also available at the door beginning one hour before the performance.

This is a Fine Arts Fee-supported event.