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.
Jazz is one of those music genres that divides listeners into 3 basic categories: enthusiasts, acceptors, and avoiders. Enthusiasts are those that are passionate about the music and it's history. Acceptors might not necessarily know what they are listening to but often enjoy and accept what they are hearing. Avoiders...well they need no definition. The latest incarnation of the Bill Horrace and Dave Solazzo Experience attempts to bridge some gaps between enthusiast and acceptor and perhaps snag an avoider or two.
In the third quarter of last year, Blake Morgan's songs were played on Pandora some 27,900 times. But the New York-based recording artist and label owner said he made only $1.62 from the popular Internet radio service.