Friday December 3, 2010
Posted by Glenn Meisner
Halifax-based St. Lucian-born Harvey Millar plays a hip bopping, funky, jazzy guitar. He punctuates his urban/smooth jazz sound with scats and rhythmic licks guaranteed to take you on an electrifying tour of his unique style of musical expression.
Influenced by musicians from a wide spectrum of genres such as jazz/blues guitarist Eric Gale, Jazz guitarist George Benson, the genius Wes Montgomery, jazz vocalists Betty Carter and Al Jarreau, reggae legend Bob Marley, and various 1970's and 80's funk artists - Millar's musical style is highly percussive and rhythmic reflecting the combined influences of Bebop, Caribbean idioms and modern day hip hop......Millar calls his unique brand of urban/smooth jazz grooves..... hip bop.
Since moving to Canada, Millar has led his own groups, namely, Friends and Music - a popular reggae and R&B group; Umoja - a reggae and funk fusion band; and now the Freedom Jazz Band which focuses on his true love, Jazz, Funk, and Hip Hop.
Harvey Millar is also a brilliant composer. His recent collaboration with Halifax's Rap Diva Shy Luv on the urban tune Hip Bopping demonstrates his compositional versatility and his mastery of the jazz guitar. The song won the East Coast Music Award in 2002 for best Urban Recording. In November of 2002, Millar lead other performers by winning three African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA) Awards for Best Jazz Artist, Best New Artist, and Artist of the Year. His solo debut, Milestones, a recording of largely original material has been well received in the jazz and smooth jazz community.
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