MICHAEL J. MILES is a rare and engaging artist: a musician, composer, writer, and educator. He grew up in Chicago in an Irish family where music was served like dinner—everybody had some. His blue collar father played the player piano and filled the house with singing. Everybody sang. Everyone read. Everyone argued politics. Miles is one of America's most inventive clawhammer banjo players. The Chicago Tribune's critic Howard Reich said that, "Everything Miles plays is worth savoring." Pete Seeger described his playing as "the most beautiful I've heard...this is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again." In 2010, Miles debuts two new shows, "The Tin Pan Alley Times" and "America 1957." Also in 2010, he will release a new CD featuring the Chamber Blues String Quartet, David Young on trumpet & flugelhorn, Bob Lizik on bass, Sons of the Never Wrong on vocal harmonies, and lots more. There is a new book coming out from Mel Bay Publications. After a 2010 musical diplomacy concert tour through Morocco, Elisabeth Millard, the US Consul General to Morocco said this: "Musicians like Michael Miles are the best ambassadors the United States can have."
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