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February 24, 2008

Saxophonist Brett Miles at the Yardbird

Written by
cindy mcleod

live jazz, Canada


Brett Miles Quartet
Friday, Feb. 29
Yardbird Suite, Edmonton

Talented Musician Brings his Jazz Sound to the Yardbird Stage

Edmonton saxophonist Brett Miles bring his talent to the stage at the Yardbird Suite on Friday, Feb. 29th, with a quartet featuring James Carson (piano), Thom Golub (bass) and Thom Bennett (drums).

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brett began playing on the Edmonton scene in the early 80’s, going on to perform over the years with with Big Miller, Tommy Banks, Bob Tildesley, Lester Quitzau, Tilo Paiz and appearing at a number of Jazz City Festivals. During the 70’s he attended Berklee College, returning to Canada to form jazz group Sunship (George Koller, Bill Mutual, Sean McAnally), and funk groups Success Without College and the large ensemble Bad For Business Big Band, New Sunship (Sean McAnally, Peirre-Paul Beaugard, Jack Pinchin) plus several ACMA (Alberta Creative Musician Assiociation) projects.

Moving to New York, where he remained from 1984-96, the versatile musician was an in-demand player, performing/recording with such jazz greats as Ted Curson, Rashied Ali, Karl Berger, Michael Wimberly, Don Cherry and Jaco Pastorius, as well as funk legends Sam and Dave, James Brown, and Buddy Miles. Brett’s saxophone is featured on the extended EP vinyl version of Mick Jagger’s Sweet Thing, Jomanda’s maxi-cassette single, I Like It, Granddaddy I.U.’s Represent, and Sample This CD, Sample This.

Returning to Edmonton, Miles the busy musician has performed with Bob Tildesley’s Indigenous Aliens, the Math Blasters, singer-songwriter’s Lester Quitzau and Bill Bourne, to name a few.

As leader his own projects include the blues band Big Black Brett’s Blues Brigade, jazz ensemble Brett Miles Experience, and dance band Magilla Funk Conduit, who released their debut Just Bring Love in 2001 and followed with Just Dance (2004). Magilla Funk Circuit features Miles on vocals, keyboard, saxophone and flute and includes guitarists Jamie Phillp, Gerg Smith & Maureen Lefever, bassist Tom Golub, Bob Tildesley’s trumpet and Dwayne Hrynkiw’s drums.

In 2007 Brett released his Smooth Jazz Believe, where the talented musician sings and plays sax on a range of jazz standards and originals, the sound being compared to such greats as Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway.

for more info visit http://www.myspace.com/magillafunkconduitbrettmiles

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