February (2017) Spotlight Feature

Mulgrew Miller is the artist in the February 2017 Spotlight Feature. My students and I are taking a closer look at him through studying a transcription I did of him playing “Relaxin’ at Camarillo”.

First, I must send a special “Thank you!” and shout-out to Dr. Kenneth Beilman for video taping several songs performed by Mulgrew’s trio, in 1999 at his 10th annual jazz event, and making them available to the public on his YouTube channel.  The trio was rounded out by Richie Goods on bass and Rodney Green on drums. Thank you Dr. Beilman!

I didn’t know Mulgrew very well but I met him several times through mutual friends and we also shared a music teacher in Boston… (Madame Margaret Steadman Chaloff).

I wish I would have gotten to know Mulgrew better but perhaps through the study of his music and artistry, I, along with my students and you, can get to experience, on some level, some of the love that emanated from his heart during his time here–(1955-2013).

The PDF transcription that appears in the video is available for free in my website store. The entire performance of  Mulgrew’s right hand only is documented and I also included Richie Goods walking bass solo.

Also, for an enhanced study experience, there is a $5.00 “zip” package that contains the PDF and a thoroughly sectioned course-by-course TRANSCRIBE! .xsc file which is synced to an edited video of the performance–I spliced-out the contiguous portion of the drum solo. (For those who may be unfamiliar with the TRANSCRIBE! program, go to https://www.seventhstring.com/ for information.)

In either case, the transcription is a 23-pager so make sure your printer is properly papered fired-up if you want a print-out.

That’s all the time I have for now but, stay tuned, more transcriptions in general and more with Mulgrew will be coming soon.

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About Art Matthews

Art Matthews, son of Dr. Artie Matthews Ph.D. (1888-1958), is a retired pianist performer/educator who teaches music to beginner and intermediate students in private lessons, group lessons, and computer lab-ready schools online worldwide.