Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller will make his long-awaited return to Jazz at Lincoln Center for Steve Miller on Steve Miller: A Blues and Rock and Roll Journey at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on November 11th–12th.
The concerts come as part of Miller’s long-running series honoring his influences and educating people about American blues history. As a member of the Board of Directors at Jazz at Lincoln Center, he has curated and headlined shows exploring themes like the bridge from blues to jazz in the music of T-Bone Walker, the blues triangle of Memphis, Texas, and Chicago, Ma Rainey and Miles Davis, the American roots music of Appalachia, and Cannonball Adderley and the blues. Now he will turn the lens back on himself to examine the influence that his blues heroes had on his own music, including hit songs like “The Joker”, “Take The Money and Run”, “Rock’n Me”, “Fly Like an Eagle”, “Jet Airliner”, and “Abracadabra”.
It will be the first time that he is joined by Steve Miller Band members Kenny Lee Lewis on bass, Joseph Wooten on keyboards, Jacob Petersen on guitar, and Ron Wikso on drums, plus special guests Carlos Henriquez on bass, Shelly Berg on piano and arrangements, Sherman Irby on alto saxophone, Craig Handy on tenor saxophone, Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, and Brian Nova on guitar.
Miller grew up with jazz aficionado parents and later deepened his education in the blues with the help of family friend T- Bone Walker. After moving to Chicago, he played with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Wells, James Cotton, and Paul Butterfield. Those influences helped define Miller’s psychedelic blues rock sound as he became a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene in the late ’60s, releasing albums like Children of the Future, Sailor, and Brave New World.
Tickets for Steve Miller on Steve Miller: A Blues and Rock and Roll Journey at Jazz at Lincoln Center are on sale now. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.