What a difference a day makes or 17 years


I met Mulgrew Miller in France, when Henry Butler played Xavier’s festival.
He was on my list of potential management clients, but I never had the nerve to ask.
Here is his old business crowd; it sold one more download from ITunes, so many years later — I guess the publisher gets paid at least — I pay $10 per month for all I can eat. (Unless they are waiting to send me a bill for $3,000 per track. It reminds me that in 1975 when computers were new my brother and I went to my Dad’s car agency, Key Chevrolet of Cupertino, CA which is now a Whole Foods and 1 mile from the Apple Spaceship, to use their dial-up computer to play weird simple football games in BASIC at the Palo Alto Schools HP-3000 or HP-2000 computer. The parts manager freaked out that we had run up $100 in toll charges.


He died in 2013. The Times obit said Mark Gurley was his longtime manager:

Mulgrew Miller, a jazz pianist whose soulful erudition, clarity of touch and rhythmic aplomb made him a fixture in the postbop mainstream for more than 30 years, died on Wednesday in Allentown, Pa. He was 57.

The cause was a stroke, said his longtime manager, Mark Gurley. Mr. Miller had been hospitalized since Friday.

Mr. Miller developed his voice in the 1970s, combining the bright precision of bebop, as exemplified by Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson, with the clattering intrigue of modal jazz, especially as defined by McCoy Tyner. His balanced but assertive style was a model of fluency, lucidity and bounce, and it influenced more than a generation of younger pianists.


I meant to say that I am listening to MM live at Yoshi’s on my ear bud on my smart phone, from 2004 but I just downloaded it, while I am typing this, mostly workkng pn sonethintg ele.se. wife calls.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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