Jason Miles


Producer Jason Miles has achieved as much success as anyone could hope to achieve as a jazz composer, arranger, keyboardist and synthesizer programmer. Miles work has been heard on a variety of top-selling records, including Luther Vandross' Power of Love, Michael Jacksons HIStory and the classic Miles Davis album Tutu.

In addition to his work with other artists, Miles has released two highly acclaimed jazz albums of his own World Tour (1994) and Mr. X (1996), which featured stellar lineups: Herbie Mann, Michael Brecker, Grover Washington Jr., Mark Islam, Janis Siegel, Marcus Miller and Luther Vandross.

Keyboard magazine critic Stephen Israel called Miles one of the best in the business...one of the finest composers around.

Miles received an Emmy nomination for his musical work on People: A Musical Celebration of Diversity, an animated film on the Disney Channel that featured Vanessa Williams, Peabo Bryson, Chaka Kahn, and other artists. He's had many other triumphs as producer and writer, including two award-winning children's videos: Phylicia Rashad's Baby's Nursery Rhymes and Sigourney Weaver's The Snow Queen.

He's been involved in more than twenty projects that have received Grammy Awards and/or nominations.
In February 2000, Telarc released Miles ambitious Celebrating the Music of Weather Report, a tribute to the seminal progressive jazz band of the 70s and early 80s. The project featured a lengthy roster of great artists: Victor Bailey, Cyro Baptista, Jay Beckenstein, Michael and Randy Brecker, Dennis Chambers, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd, Omar Hakim, Will Lee, Chuck Loeb, Marcus Miller, John Patitucci, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, John Scofield, and others.

Later that same year, Miles followed the Weather Report project with A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins, a tribute to the Brazilian musician/composer of global stature. Guest artists on Love Affair included Sting, Grover Washington, Jr., Vanessa Williams, Chaka Kahn and New York Voices. The Sting trackShe Walks This Earth Alone (Soborana Rosa)won a Grammy for Best Pop Male Vocal.

in 2001 he also produced a heartfelt tribute to the late saxohonist Grover washington Jr. To Grover with Love was a critical and commercial success. One of his highlights from 2002 was producing legendary saxophonist Gato Barbieri. The Shadow of the cat won the Billboard Latin Jazz album of the year and also garnered a Latin Grammy nomination. In 2003 he produced and arranged the debut CD for vocalist Cassandra Reed on Peak/Concord records.

Miles and Telarc reunite in early 2004 for the March release of Coast To Coast, featuring an all-star team of musiciansoperating as a session supergroup called Maximum Groovesto explore the organic, improvisational potential of groove-based contemporary jazz in Coast To Coast. Built around the rhythm section of Miles, drummers Steve Ferrone and Gene Lake, and bassists Will Lee and James Genus, Coast To Coast features a host of stellar guest players hailing from one end of the country to the other: Gerald Albright, Herb Alpert, Jay Beckenstein, Michael Brecker, Russ Freeman, Jeff Golub, Jeff Kashiwa, Wayman Tisdale, Derek Trucks and many others.

In 2005 Miles to Miles in The Spirit of Miles Davis was released on Narada/EMI. It recieved worldwide acclaim and Jason played numerous live shows with a steller band to play the music from the CD.
2005 also saw another Grammy Nomination for best instrumental pop performace for the song Chasing Shadows from Maximum Grooves, Coast to Coast. He's recently produced his good friend Multi platinum singer /songwriter Suzy Bogguss where he and Suzy created a true hybrid sound that incorporates Nashville with NY Grooves and stellar songs using musicians from Nashville and New York. Look for that release in 2006.

2006 will also see the release of his new production What's Going On-The songs of Marvin Gaye-It's 21st century view of Marvin Gaye Songs that incorporates,funk,Bossa Nova and Downtempo elements.