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September 20, 2018

 

Detroit Album Profile:  Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra / Mulgrew-ology / Detroit Music Factory

 

 

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Multi-talented Scott Gwinnell performs at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe October 17-20th!

 

Although he’s known as one of our town’s most talented pianists Mr. Gwinnell is also a composer, arranger, and educator who has been playing locally and internationally for more than 25 years.

 

 

He’s put all of these musical abilities to work on his new tribute album to the late Jazz piano icon, Mulgrew Miller. One of many new releases of Detroit Jazz artists on Detroit Music Factory records – part of the Mack Avenue Records family.

 

 

Miller is considered one of the most dynamic pianists from the 1970’s until his passing in 2013. On the album, Gwinnell focuses on Miller’s extraordinary composing and arranging skills.

 

 

The album also features Mr.Gwinnell showing off his orchestral side as he has arranged all of the tracks on the new release for his own Jazz Orchestra. This star-studded ensemble features some of Detroit’s finest Jazz artists, such as James Hughes, Steve Wood, John Douglas, Anthony Stanco and others.

 

 

It’s obvious that Scott is well connected to Detroit Jazz scene. He’s very active in Detroit’s music community, which includes being Director of Vocal Jazz Education at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Ensemble Director at the MSU Community School- Detroit, and a Lecturer at Oakland University.

 

 

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Photo by John Osler

 

 

He studied with the late Detroit pianist, Bess Bonnier, early on and says his major influences include Duke Ellington, Wynton Kelly, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner.

 

 

Over the years, he has played with many acclaimed artists including Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Dave Liebman, Marcus Belgrave, Steve Turre, and many others. He also has recorded four albums of his own.

 

 

He’s a very prolific composer, having written over 300 compositions, not only for piano but also symphony orchestra, and other ensemble configurations. In 2012, Gwinell received two Detroit Music Awards for, “Best Jazz Composer”, and “Best Classical Composer.”

 

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He brings these talents together on the new album tribute to Mulgrew Miller featuring the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra. It’s “Mulgrew-ology”. Check it out.

 

 

 

 

Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a trained pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM.

 

 

 

 

 

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