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July 30, 2007

Jazz Pianist Miles Black Returns to Cellar

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Miles Black Trio
August 3 & 4
The Cellar, Vancouver

Black to Record Live for Upcoming Release

Vancouver pianist Miles Black returns to the Cellar August 3rd & 4th with his trio featuring bassist Miles Hill on bass and drummer Dave Robbins, where they will be recording the two nights live for an upcoming release on Cellar Live.

Among his many credits, Miles Black is known locally for his work with guitar great Oliver Gannon’s Quartet, fusion group Skylark, and modern jazz quartet Altered Laws, contributing his ferocious groove and unparalleled technique on the ivories.

Born in Port Alberni, B.C., Miles started playing piano at age 12. He studied jazz and classical music with George Essihos and began performing professionally at age 14 in Victoria with various jazz and R & B groups as pianist, arranger and composer.

By the age of 18, Black had worked as a music therapist, musical director of the C.A.S.T. Theatre Company, guitarist, bassist, saxophonist, vocalist and scoring films in the Victoria and Vancouver Island area.

In 1987, Black moved to Vancouver where has since performed with a legion of musical greats including Ann Mortifee, Shari Ulrich, Maynard Ferguson, Valdy, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Slide Hampton, Mark Murphy, Dee Daniels, Kenny Colman, and Fraser MacPherson, among the many. Miles also lists many credits for his piano and keyboard contributions to musical theatre and recording sessions for a variety of television and film projects.

His work producing music instructional software (complete with transcripts), including The Jazz Pianist Levels One & Two, The New Age Pianist, The Children’s Pianist, The Modern Jazz Pianist, Jazz Piano Masterclass, and an Oscar Peterson instructional CD ROM (including brilliant transcriptions of the pianist’s solos) continues to this day.

Miles also spent time teaching music at Capilano College in Vancouver from 1990 to 1996.

Teaming up with Juno Award-winning saxophonist and jazz flute player Tom Keenlyside, the pair have created the jazz ensemble Altered Laws. The quartet performs original compositions written by Black and Keenlyside, and recently released their second album Metaphora.

for more info visit www.milesblack.com

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