Aziza Miller, music maestro and poetic pianist
Nayaba Arinde | 4/12/2011, 4:40 p.m.
Currently, she is also the minister of music at Macedonia AME Church in Flushing and one of the musicians at Mt. Zion AME church in Harlem.
The Harlem-born, Bronx-raised, Brooklyn-residing Miller has a completely soft and lyrical tone, blessed with poetic wordology that is ever present in song and regular conversation. She laughs with modesty at the observation.
Deftly, she plays mellow jazz on her piano and her vocals compliment everything about her style.
"When I play at my shows, I am not background. People come to see a leader. They want to know who you are and what your art is about. If you're going to an art exhibition, the artist does not hold back. They want you to know what they are feeling and what they are about. In my shows, I am in the foreground and people come to see what I'm about, especially when you are playing original music. I want people to know the woman behind 'Jazzsoetry.'"
She does shows literally all over the world and her feet have just touched down from Russia, where she said she had a beautiful experience.
"To quote Anna Pankova, the promoter of Jazz for the Union of Composer's Club in Moscow, '"Jazzsoetry" is the poetry of soul and jazz,'" Miller said. "I had a wonderful band. Anna's husband, Oleg, played electric keyboards and tenor sax. I found out by going to Russia that they really have an appreciation, respect and understanding for the art, and they show it. I know what it is to be appreciated and not be treated like I'm young and dumb and 12. They understood my music. They appreciated my art. It was not about my color, my age or my sex."
As a single parent, Miller proudly, but protectively, will only publicly say, "I raised my boy in Brooklyn. He is a family man."
Is she waiting to be a grandma?
The hearty belly laugh says not so much. She has pumps and grown-n-sexy clothes to sport. "No, not yet. When I become a grandmother, I want to do it properly," she smiles.
So you can purchase "Jazzsoetry: Volume1" online on sites like www.cdbaby.com or through Apple's iTunes.
As for new music, Miller said, "I'm starting a new style. I put elements together that are a true backdrop to my life--the good, the bad, the ugly. I'm independent and I love what I do."
On Saturday, July 18, the Aziza Miller Quartet will be performing at Parlor Jazz (119 Van-
derbilt Avenue, Brooklyn). Visit www.parlorjazz.com or call (718) 855-1981 for more information.
Other shows include the fifth annual Songwriters Beat Festival on Tuesday July 21. For more info, go to www.songwritersbeat.com.
The Abrons Arts Center (Henry Street Music Summer Arts Camp) Musical Tribute to Michael Jackson is on Friday, July 31. For further info, call (212) 598-0400.
Miller's music websites include: