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Innovative Jazz / Rock Amalgam Earns Over One Million Video Views: Robert Miller's Project Grand Slam Celebrates Release of Acclaimed Album ‘The Queen's Carnival,' Sets Thanksgiving Benefit Concert - 11/21 at Iridium in NYC
(Published: October 28, 2016)

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October 27, 2016

Innovative Jazz / Rock Amalgam Earns Over One Million Video Views: Robert Miller's Project Grand Slam Celebrates Release of Acclaimed Album ‘The Queen's Carnival,' Sets Thanksgiving Benefit Concert - 11/21 at Iridium in NYC

International Fan Base Emerges Among Spanish-Speaking Audiences in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil

No Depression: "A uniquely affecting work...impossibly memorable!"

The brainchild of bassist/composer Robert Miller, Project Grand Slam is an amalgam of jazz and rock that has earned an impressive one million video views, as well as a fervent, worldwide fan base, particularly among Spanish-speaking audiences in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. This surge in international fans has been fueled by the Latin/Caribbean-infused title track from the band's fourth studio album, 'The Queen's Carnival'. The acclaimed collection (available now via CEN/RED Distribution, a division of Sony Music,) is a bold post-fusion record that has defied genres, languages and geographic boundaries. No Depression praised it as "a uniquely affecting work...impossibly memorable!" With influences as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Afro-Cuban rhythms and Celtic folk, Miller has delivered a jazz / rock sound like no other.

He comments: "The new album really represents my best effort to date of combining my two musical loves - rock and jazz. I was previously pigeonholed as a Contemporary Jazz artist and I more or less played to type. My music was somewhat harder than Smooth Jazz but not as distinctive as it could have been. With the new record I consciously set out to create a true jazz/rock amalgamation and I think I succeeded."

As referenced above, one of Miller's musical signatures is to take classic rock songs such as Jimi Hendrix's 'Fire' and The Kinks' 'You Really Got Me', and to completely reimagine them. See videos for both tracks, below.

The band has been lauded for their live performances, and has a series of upcoming dates in NY and NJ. Current calendar is here:

On November 21st at Iridium in New York, Project Grand Slam will headline a Thanksgiving Benefit Concert for Citymeals on Wheels (event is sponsored by BMI). Details here:
Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6957845

Official Music video for title track:

Jimi Hendrix's ‘Fire', performed by PGS live at Rockwood Music Hall:

Watch PGS, with special guest Lucy Woodward, perform their version of The Kinks' ‘You Really Got Me' (this cover has been praised by Ray Davies himself!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ7R83qO2lw&feature=youtu.be

Prior press coverage, here: http://projectgrandslam.com/press-2/

More about Project Grand Slam -
Project Grand Slam is an acclaimed jazz rock fusion band, led by bassist/composer Robert Miller, combining the power and beat of rock with the complexity and improvisation of jazz, with a jam band sensibility.

The band has been working steadily. In November 2015 PGS opened for Scott Weiland (formerly of Stone Temple Pilots) at the Gramercy Theater in NYC. In May 2016 the band opened for 4-time Grammy Award nominee Boney James at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in NJ. In July 2016 the band was the featured performer at the F. M. Kirby Center For The Performing Arts in PA. In August 2016 PGS performed at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia and at Garcia's at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY (following YES). In October 2016 the band opened again for Boney James at the Ridgefield Playhouse (CT). In November PGS will perform at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY, and at the Iridium in NYC's Times Square in a benefit concert for Citymeals. In December 2016 the band will be the featured performer at the Highland Lakes Concert Series (NJ).

PGS also continues to play at the better clubs in NYC including the Blue Note, Iridium, The Cutting Room, as well as a monthly residency at The Groove in Greenwich Village.

In August 2016 the band released its 4th album - "The Queen's Carnival" - featuring nine original tunes written by Robert that are rich in texture and diverse in feel, while still staying true to the PGS sound. Plus Robert's totally reimagined cover of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" (feat. Lucy Woodward on vocals). As Robert says, "The new album is the work that I've been building towards my entire career. It truly captures the two musical genres that have informed my composing and playing - rock and jazz. I consider this a breakthrough album for me and the band."

"The Queen's Carnival" has received uniformly rave reviews, including: "Unquestionably one of the year's best albums!"; "An inspired album...a work of ensemble genius!"; "A uniquely powerful work!"; "A sonic cavalcade of different shades and textures!"; "An album of wide ranging taste and distinction!"; and "Smart, stylish and sophisticated!".

The title tune from the album has similarly garnered rave reviews such as: "Party powered happiness!"; "Percolates with restless kinetic energy!"; and "Crackling hot Latin song craft!". The Official and Live videos of this song have been viewed over 500,000 times to date. And the band's unique cover of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" has been called "Astonishing!"; "Stunning!"; and "Breathtaking!".

PGS's prior album - "Made In New York" - was released in September 2015 and featured two celebrated singles, "New York City Groove", Robert's love letter to his NYC home, and "Fire", Robert's reimagined version of the Jimi Hendrix classic. Both singles featured 2013 "The Voice" semi-finalist Kat Robichaud on vocals. The videos for "Groove" and "Fire" that have been viewed over 150,000 times to date. The reviews of the album and "Fire" were incredible, with words like "fantastic", "damn fine album" and "hard to resist" for the album, and "superb", "brilliant", "excellent", "stunning" and "unbelievable gem" for "Fire".

Robert originally formed the band in 2007. PGS's first two CDs, "Play" (2008) and "Spring Dance" (2012), had three top radio singles - "The Captain Of Her Heart" (feat. Judie Tzuke on vocals) from Play, and "Catch You Later" and the title song from Spring Dance. In 2009 the band and Robert also had a featured role in an episode of the hit NBC-TV series "Lipstick Jungle" starring Brooke Shields and Kim Raver, with five of the band's tunes featured in the soundtrack.

English language and Spanish language EPKs available upon request.


More Information: http://projectgrandslam.com

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