Jazz Tuesdays is a weekly event featuring great jazz musicians from all over the state of Michigan. Each week brings in a different guest artist and a new experience.
Duncan McMillan has proven his chops playing with virtually all of Michigan’s top jazz musicians. He began studying piano at age 5 and earned a B.M. in piano/jazz studies at Western Michigan University. He is now one of the most in demand pianists and organists in the state.
Along the way Duncan established a reputation as a versatile musician, working as a sideman with such diverse artists as Jon Hendricks, Aretha Franklin, Rodney Whitaker, Ira Sullivan, Marcus Belgrave, and The Four Freshmen. He has recorded and released his own CD, and has accompanied many notable musicians in the recording studio, creating an impressive discography.
Duncan is also a respected musical director/arranger, working as a consultant for regional theaters, church organizations and local bands, and his arrangements have been performed by The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, and Planet D Nonet, among others. In addition to an active performance schedule, Mr. McMillan works as an independent music instructor teaching piano, improvisation and composition.
Joe Vasquez, a recent Masters graduate from MSU, will be on bass, with Jazz Tuesdays host and “Resident Drummer” Jeff Shoup filling out the trio. The band will play a featured set at 7pm, followed by a jam session until 10!
Jazz Tuesdays is generously sponsored by the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival.