...exceptionally talented pianist and composer...
Steve Million is a professional jazz pianist and composer living and working in Chicago, IL since 1988. He has also called Kansas City, Mo. (12 years), and NYC (2 years) home.
When Steve was seven years old his parents took him to see the Count Basie big band play at the Kemper Military School Ball in his home town Boonville, Mo. Count for some reason took a liking to Steve, introducing him to the band on a break, and then letting him sit at the piano while he performed - that experience fundamentally altered Steve's DNA.
Eventually, after years of much hard practice and paying dues Million became a working jazz musician. He recorded three CD's in the mid to late 90's on Palmetto records - "Million to One", "Thanks a Million", and "Truth Is" - all featuring his writing, arranging, and playing skills as well as the great talents of Randy Brecker, Chris Potter, Dick Oatts, Ron Vincent, and Steve Cardenas to name a few of the great players involved in the projects. Million released his first piano trio side in 2003 entitled "Poetic Necessities" on the BluJazz label. This CD featured Steve's working band at the time: Tim Davis - drums, and Dave Marr - bass, the Steve Million Trio.
In 1988 Steve was selected along with 24 others to compete in the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. Million drew great inspiration from the experience and even formed a band - Monk's Dream - with one of the other semi-finalists Mike Kocour (Mike on organ, Steve on piano, and Robert Shy on drums).
Steve is also co-leader with Joe "Guido" Welsh of the wacky novelty jazz group Thelonious Moog. They released their first CD in 2004 entitled "Yes We Didn't" and their second came out in 2006 entitled "American Standard."
Last year Million toured with the great jazz singer Kevin Mahogany playing festivals, colleges, and clubs.
Steve teaches jazz piano privately at home and at Benedictine University and Merit School. He also teaches two innovative jazz piano classes at Merit School as well as a jazz band. Though he has been a professional musician for almost thirty years working on average at least five nights a week and playing and performing with some really great players, the teaching thing has really evolved.
Though Million has lived in Kansas City, and NYC before finally settling in Chicago, he finds Chicago to be one of the best environments for jazz. This is a city where one can balance making a living with being creative. Steve loves Chicago.
For more information about Steve Million, please visit: http://www.stevemillion.com.
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