–Jason, I’ve seen the interviews on your website and I ‘d like to use one
of your questions: When did you know that Music would be your life’s
– In college. Living in New York, I got to hear great artists in the clubs
there. They had great songs and great melodies.
– What motivated your decision to produce a second tribute album to Grover
Washington Jr, ‘2 Grover With Love’?
I’ve been listening to the old Grover Washington Jr. records and realised
how many great songs I’ve missed. Grover could really play jazz – he could
– When I listen back, I hear how soulful his playing was.
– Exactly. Soulful and melodic.
– Bob Davis is quoted as saying about you “Jason Miles is doing a whole
lot more than most to make sure that the legacy of Black music is
something that indeed will have a future”. Is this a thing you’ve
consciously set out to do?
– It’s just what I do. I have worked with so many black artists my whole
career. I have always been into the music of Motown, Stax, and jazz of
course. I have been drawn to that music as an influence. That is why I
have spent so much time bringing the focus of the music to the public eye.
– You mentioned to me separately that Global Noize have new material and
also touring commitments for the fall. Could you tell me more about that?
– Yes, we’re working on the songs right now. We have a concept for the
album but we’re not talking about it yet. We have a new manager and we’re
going to be doing live dates. We’re trying to get to Europe also.
– You’re playing the Monterey Jazz Festival I believe?
JM – Yes, September 18th.
– Is DJ Logic part of the band again?
– Yes, he’s an integral part of it. We have a 6-piece band that also
includes a female Indian singer. She has a fabulous voice.
– How did you meet DJ Logic?
– I met him at the Moogfest in October 2006. I was having a bad week and
then he called me and said ‘do you want to play a show at the Blue Note
together?’ I said ‘sure, when?’ He said ‘tonight’ – so we did a show
starting at 1 AM, which was great. Since then we’ve played to very
receptive audiences in Marrakech and we’ve played New Orleans too.
– I read that you’re interested in electronic chill music – that’s massive
in Europe. Do you think you might produce/record a CD like that?
– There are elements of that in ‘What’s Going On?’ the tribute to Marvin
Gaye. It’s done in a very melodic way.
– I always ask this, but with a huge list of artists that you’ve worked
with, is there anyone you’d still like to work with? Have I got you there?
– I’d like to work with Bebel Gilberto, I’d like to work with Derek Trucks
more and also Kirk Whalum. I’d really like to work with Dr John – he has
that New Orleans thing going on… And I’d like to work with some older
artists who may be looking for a change of direction.
– I heard the CD you worked on with Freddy Cole. I never heard him before
I reviewed that CD…
– ‘In the Name of Love’, that is a great record.
– Whose music are you currently listening to an enjoying?
– Christian Scott, Stacey Kent, Patricia Barber, Melody Gardot. I like to
listen to Suzy Bogguss too – I’m so proud of that record we did together.
All the songs on it are great and they all have a character.
– Well, Jason, thank you. I’m looking forward to the new Global Noize
album and to keeping up with you over the coming weeks and months.
– Thanks Chris.