Duncan Millar is a jazz pianist based in London. His latest contemporary / smooth / chill-jazz album, Fresh Air, was released in February 2013. Previously, he released the albums Dream your Dream and Good To Go, receiving a MOBO nomination as Best UK Jazz Act.
Happy New Year to all!
Wishing all visitors and fans a very Happy New Year 2015! Don't forget to download a free track from the sidebar!
Music lead-sheets of Duncan's songs available now!
Instrumentalists! I'm pleased to announce I'm making available sheet-music versions of some of my Smooth-Jazz piano songs from different albums. These can be either printed or downloaded from the DM lead-sheets page on this site. All songs include the main notated melody in the original key, chord symbols and guitar tab. Perfect for piano, guitar and any lead instrument
I've posted five of my Smooth Jazz songs up to now. Secret Smile can be printed straight off the site. Four others, - Fresh Air (which also includes transcribed solos), Autumn Mood, Dream Your Dream and Smokee Vibes - can be emailed to you after you fill in a form. All are free! I may make others available later, depending on uptake. Also, please feel to give feedback here and to tell me which tell me songs you'd like a lead-sheet for!
Some tracks from my earlier albums "Dream Your Dream" and "Good to Go" get regular air-play on Sky Smooth Jazz 247 in particular, and a lot of people have told me that they really enjoy them but find it hard to buy those on "Good To Go" in particular, either on CD (except for some crazy price!) or as mp3.This is mainly because that album is from some years ago and the U.S. rights-holders (who are not the original record-company Instinct Records) don't seem to wish to make it available, despite requests.However, a good alternative is to buy a compilation called “Comin’ Thru” which is available for a reasonable price on Amazon.com and which includes 15 tracks selected from both that album and the previous one, “Dream Your Dream”. It's also available on Amazon.co.uk, and other local "Amazons".
Hope that helps!
I'm giving away an mp3 version of any one of my previous albums (Dream Your Dream, Good To Go and others)! That's as a free-gift for any purchase through my website of an mp3 or CD version of my 2013 album "Fresh Air"! Click on Buy button on homepage left-sidebar.
Some people have contacted me about problems with availability of my previous albums (especially outside U.S.), for example those often heard on Sky.fm smooth-jazz channels, so this is my remedy!
I also have a very few CDs of these albums for sale "as-new", signed on request. Please contact through website for details.
New Gig Announcement! Sunday 13th April, Bankside, London
Another chance to catch my 5-piece band playing tracks from my recent album Fresh Air! On Sunday evening, 13th April at Nolia’s Jazz Cafe (Ex-The Union Jack) Bankside (2 mins from Southwark tube). With me on piano, Matt Wates sax, Hamish Birchall drums, Ed Arm guitar, Gareth Huw Davies bass. Admission free, would love to see you there! Food and drink available. All details on event page. From about 8pm.
Gig Announcement! Sat 1st March, Bankside, London
Hope to see you at the first gig with my new band on Sat March 1st 8pm, Nolia’s Jazz Cafe (Ex-The Union Jack), 225 Union Street London SE1 0LR. Admission free! All welcome! 2 mins walk from Southwark Tube (Jubilee Line).
I'll be playing tracks from my latest album 'Fresh Air' as well as previous albums with a new band including Thomas Rees, trumpet; George Millard, sax; Ed Arm, guitar; Pete Hutchinson, bass; Hamish Burchall; drums. Admission for this warm-up gig is free! to minute walk from Southwark Tube. Come along and enjoy the band at this great new venue!
Feb 3rd 2014, London:
Back in London now, in the cold and wet! Am busy preparing and rehearsing with a new band for upcoming shows in London, Europe... the world! Let me know where is a good place to play near you!
New band includes piano, guitar, bass, sax, trumpet and drums and we will play tracks from the latest album, Fresh Air, plus some older ones from previous albums.
Will try to post gig details soon, plus some photos from next rehearsal!
Jan 7th 2014, Brazil
Sitting here in Salvador, Brazil sipping a Caiparinha by the pool at my hotel next to the broad Alantic....Music is everywhere in Salvador, the first capital of Brazil, a place that culturally is almost a part of Africa. Visiting the old city-center yesterday, we first heard, at a small street-café, some beautiful bossa-nova with vocals, guitar and drums.This however, was almost over-powered acoustically by the sound of the Olodum percussion from their open-air concert hall a few metres away. Olodum is a Bahian percussion-based performance group, so famous they even made a video with Michael Jackson in the nearby Pelourinho (Pillory) Square. Intrigued by the sound, I walked a little down the narrow street, but could not enter as the concert was already much progressed. Still, just the sound from outside was very impressive, and reminds you that music on CD or video can be a very pale imitation of the live version! The sound of the drums reverberating through the ancient streets delivers a powerful emotional response that is hard to describe, not to mention the rhythms and groove, which could be the beat to any contemporary dance-music production!We're hoping to attend an actual concert in the same place this evening.
I'll try to post a few photos of Salvador and Bahia later after I'm finished at the pool!
welcome to my brand new website!
To celebrate, I'm giving away a CD of my new album Fresh Air to the first 20 people to answer a simple question about the site*! The next 30 will receive any one track of their choice emailed (as an mp3) from any of my albums, present and previous! Click here for entry-details!
I also aim to keep it as up-to-date and "live" as possible, with news and blog updates here most weeks, plus new stuff that I will add as I go along, including new photos, videos , music demos and anything else I can think of!(*Post free in UK).
from "Good to Go" (2001)Read More...
On today's SmoothGrooves Radio Show - NEWRead More...
Brian Simpson/ Jonathan Fritzén/ Rocco Ventrella
Phil Perry/...plus Duncan Millar...
Play Lists - Strawberry JazzRead More...
• Fantastic album in every way, and a future classic for sure … more BBC Radio
• …his keyboard playing over cool grooves results in another brilliant album … more Smoothvibes.com
• Officially back and better than ever … more Smoothjazz.com
Listen to Fresh Air