THE MUSIC 2
by Polly Hansen - New Orleans Writer
Armed with an old hand-me-down trumpet, Charlie Miller started belting
music pretty young. In the 8th grade, Charlie connected with a young
musician who would
prove to be a lasting friend and fellow professional - Dr. John. Miller
Dr. John's early band, arranged, produced and performed on many of
the now classic
New Orleans R&B recordings ... and still had time to attend Loyola
School of Music.
Miller left New Orleans to enroll in one of the leading music conservatories
in New York.
He graduated, full scholarship, from the Manhattan School of Music
then moved into the
professional mainstream with jobs that took him from clubs to Carnegie
Hall. And the
company he kept wasn't bad either - legendary latino bands, The New
York City Ballet,
Chuck Mangione, Broadway shows and an impressive roster of others.
Charlie's music has taken him around the world, with big bands, small
groups, as a
sideman, soloist, accompanist and lead. However, as much as he welcomed
after many successful years on the global road, his old roots started
tugging. It was time
to go home to New Orleans.
Now based out of N.O., Miller still mixes international play dates with
a full schedule
of local gigs. The Old City has re-energized him. He's creating - writing,
producing - more than ever. In addition to reworking some of his older
Miller is conjuring some of his career's best work, both solo and ensemble.
released an innovative CD - a complete definition of New Orleans on
solo trumpet -
no accompaniment, no backup , just bold-face out there. Never been
done before. And
finally, to the delight of everyone who has experienced the magic,
the finishing balances
are being made to the new Charlie Miller Band.
Maybe it's the practice. Where but New Orleans can you sit on the levee
and play the
sun to bed without raising an eyebrow? Maybe it's the determination.
dog-walker has stumbled onto a Don't-Wake-the-neighbors Concert as
the scales in his parked car.
Or...maybe it's just pure talent, Pure, dedicated, soul-deep talent.
Unique - Click On CD's to Hear 'Em !
Charlie's car may not see the next millennium, but the music he's created
is out there ...
Listen To (or order) "PeaceHorn" or "Fonk Horn" CD
Email to Charlie
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