“Jason Miles has raised the level ofexcellence for the musicians who have had the good fortune of working with him,myself included. He has enriched the lives of the millions of people who havelistened to the music he plays, the recordings he produces and the countlessmusicians he mentors and inspires. The work he did with my friends, Miles Davisand Marcus Miller have helped to define the modern face of jazz music.”
Jason Miles is a producer and keyboardist based in New York
Jason Miles has stood hisground as a true musical visionary.
From his groundbreakingsynth programming on Miles Davis’ 80s masterpieces Tutu, Music From Siesta andAmandla to Kind of New, his critically acclaimed 2015 recording with trumpeterIngrid Jensen that celebrates Davis’ spirit. The Grammy Award winning New Yorknative— dubbed by one insightful veteran journalist as the “Quincy Jones ofContemporary Music”—has consistently brought the highest level of artistry tohis multi-faceted recordings (as both producer and artist) and liveperformances.
Miles has not only helpedshape the landscape of contemporary jazz, but also brought his rich sonictextures as a keyboardist, arranger and producer to artists in a multitude ofgenres, from R&B/pop to Latin Jazz, Brazilian music and even children’smusic and country (producing Suzy Boguss’ Sweet Danger). His many years of collaborationwith Marcus Miller include not only the Miles Davis projects but also classicrecordings by David Sanborn (A Change of Heart, Close Up, Upfront) and LutherVandross.
In March 2015, Miles performed a “To Grover,With Love” tribute concert before over 5,000 people at the Capetown JazzFestival in South Africa. Joining him for the show were saxophonists MarionMeadows and Elan Trotman, bassist Gerald Veasley and vocalist Maya Azucena. InMarch 2016, Miles will be releasing the album, “To Grover, With Love Live inJapan”, a compilation of ten shows performed at the Blue Note Tokyo in June2010. Featured guests include saxophonists Andy Snitzer and Eric Darius and thelate percussionist Ralph MacDonald, who penned Grover’s trademark hits “MisterMagic” and “Just The Two of Us.” Miles will be performing “To Grover, WithLove” shows throughout 2016, including August 28 at the Hollywood Bowl. Miles has worked over theyears with a proverbial who’s who of contemporary music: Whitney Houston,Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Michael Brecker, The Crusaders,Ruben Blades, Freddy Cole, George Benson, Joe Sample, Herb Alpert, VanessaWilliams, Grover Washington Jr., Lea Salonga and many others.
He has performed at topfestivals and venues throughout the world, including Monterey Jazz Festival,Jazz Aspen, Umbria Jazz, North Sea, Jacksonville Jazz Fest, Jazz Fest NOLA andTokyo Blue Note.
Miles’ work with Q Up Artsincludes producing the acclaimed Steve Gadd Drumscores and Psychic Horns.