Jazz Piano Summit | CEDAR WALTON & MULGREW MILLER @ The Allen Room Saturday 6/22
(Published: May 15, 2013)
Jazz Forum Arts presents JAZZ PIANO SUMMIT: CEDAR WALTON & MULGREW MILLER, performing on two nine -foot Steinway Concert Grand Pianos at 7:30 and 9:30 pm on Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 at The Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center, NYC. The pianists will be joined by the iconic jazz bassist BUSTER WILLIAMS and the exceptional WILLIE JONES III on drums. Tickets are $95, $75 and $55 and can be purchased through CenterCharge 212-721-6500, or at https://ticketing.jalc.or..., or at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, Broadway at 60th Street, Ground Floor, Mon.- Sat. 10am to 6pm and Sun. 12noon to 6pm, and is a featured event of the 2013 Blue Note Jazz Festival and is sponsored by Pink Stone Capital.
Jazz Piano Summit is the fifth piano event at Jazz at Lincoln Center presented by Jazz Forum Arts, which reprised its "Two Steinways, Bass and Drums" series in 2005 with concerts by Dave Frishberg & Dick Hyman, and later Hank Jones & Barry Harris, and then Kenny Barron & Eliane Elias, all taking place in The Allen Room. Mark Morganelli began the original series in 1981, featuring Tommy Flanagan & Barry Harris at his Jazz Forum loft/club in Greenwich Village. Launched by Morganelli in 1985, Jazz Forum Arts also produces events at the Tarrytown Music Hall and other area venues. For information about Jazz Forum Arts, call 914-631-1000 or visit www.jazzforumarts.org.
CEDAR WALTON, one of the great hard-bop pianists, is also known for his compositions including "Bolivia", "Clockwise" and "Firm Roots", which have become jazz standards. Walton grew up in Dallas, Texas where he learned to play the piano from his mother who encouraged him to emulate the recordings of jazz piano legends such as Nat King Cole, Thelonious Monk and Art Tatum. While attending college at the University of Denver, he met Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane, who would sit in with his group at after-hours clubs when they were traveling through town. After college and a couple of years in the army, Walton moved to New York City to play and record with Kenny Dorham, J. J. Johnson and Gigi Gryce. In 1959, he recorded alternate tracks with Coltrane for his seminal album Giant Steps, that were released when the CD version was issued. From 1960-61, he worked with Art Farmer and Benny Golson. In 1961, Walton joined up with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (along with Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter), stepping forward as a composer, contributing originals such as "Mosaic", "Ugetsu" and "The Promised Land". He then worked as a sideman for well-known artists such as Abbey Lincoln (1965-66) and Lee Morgan (1966-68). In 1974 he formed the group Eastern Rebellion with Sam Jones, Billy Higgins and Clifford Jordan, recording five albums over the next 20 years. Continuing to be very active, both as a prodigious leader (with over 48 releases) and as a sideman, Walton was inducted as a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters in January 2010.
MULGREW MILLER, a virtuoso jazz pianist and brilliant composer, grew up in the Mississippi Delta town of Greenwood (MS), surrounded by gospel, blues and country music, and was influenced by the great jazz pianist Oscar Peterson as a teenager. After studying at Memphis State University, Miller began developing his skills as a professional pianist at age 20 in the toughest school of all - that of the bandstand, night after night in the 1980's and 1990's, working as a band member in least five legendary jazz groups ¯ the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington), the Woody Shaw Quintet, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, the Tony Williams Quintet and the Betty Carter Trio. Miller has recorded with virtually every major jazz artist in the scene, from Joe Lovano to Nicholas Payton, and has been featured on over 400 recordings. As a leader, he followed up his first record, Keys to the City (1985) with an impressive series of albums, including the outstanding Live at Yoshi's, Volumes 1 & 2 (2004-5) and Grew's Tune (2012). In 2006 Miller was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Performing Arts at Lafayette College where he was the Artist in Residence for 2006-2008. Since 2006, he has been the Director of Jazz Studies at William Patterson University.