Some musicians are content to find one thing they like to do, and then to keep doing it for the rest of their career. Jason Miles is definitely not that kind of artist. Repetition is not a concept that even makes sense to him. Why stay stuck in one place when you can explore and experience something different? Moving determinedly forward has been Miles’ guiding philosophy since he began playing music professionally, more than four decades ago.
What do Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Sting, Roberta Flack, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Michael Jackson, David Sanborn, Vanessa Williams and hundreds of other legendary artists and musicians have in common?
They have all worked with Grammy Award winning producer, keyboardist, composer, arranger and synthesist Jason Miles. For 46 years, Miles has contributed his vast array of talents and deep musicality to the success of these and countless other superstars and independent artists.
From his groundbreaking work on Miles Davis’ Grammy winning 1986 Album “TuTu”and eight albums with Luther Vandross (including his Grammy winning hits “Here and Now” and “Power of Love/Love Power”) to his Grammy win for producing Sting (who won Best Male Pop Vocal in 2000 for “She Walks This Earth” from the highly celebrated all-star album ”A Love Affair,The Music of Ivan Lins” ) Jason has been a powerful creative force behind some of music’s most extraordinary moments.
Jason now celebrates his multi-faceted career with a one man show entitled, “The Extraordinary Journey of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography.” The retrospective is built around a solo musical performance of Jason playing keyboards, enhanced with one of a kind, in the moment first hand stories and colorful anecdotes of the professional and personal relationships he had and continues to have with many music legends.
What was it like spending four months up close in the studio with Luther creating hits? What elements of musical genius and words of wisdom did Miles Davis impart as part of Jason’s dynamic musical and personal friendship with him? Through album releases and multiple concerts, how has Jason helped perpetuate the important legacy of sax legend Grover Washington, Jr.?
Jason’s unique gift of storytelling and his musical virtuosity makes this a fresh and entertaining show, which coincides with the release of his highly anticipated upcoming companion book “The Extraordinary Journey of Jason Miles…A Musical Biography” and his new solo piano/keyboard- based album Just For You.
Jason’s show is very mobile and can be performed in front of all size audiences, so social distancing protocols can be observed. In addition, a small travel party and very limited backline also help ensure a budget-friendly production.