Project Grand Slam Contest
Project Grand Slam is an acclaimed jazz rock fusion band, led by bassist/leader/composer Robert Miller, combining the power and beat of rock with the complexity and improvisation of jazz, with a jam band sensibility. The band plays Robert’s original compositions plus selected unique covers of classic rock songs that Robert has reimagined.
In August 2016 the band will release its fourth album – “The Queen’s Carnival” – featuring nine original tunes written by Robert that are rich in texture and diverse in feel, while still staying true to the PGS sound. Plus Robert’s totally reimagined cover of the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” (feat. Lucy Woodward on vocals). As Robert says, “The new album is the work that I’ve been building towards my entire career. It truly captures the two musical genres that have informed my composing and playing – rock and jazz. I consider this a breakthrough album for me and the band.”
PGS has continued to ramp up its live performance schedule. In November 2015 the band opened for Scott Weiland (formerly of Stone Temple Pilots) at NYC’s Gramercy Theater. In May 2016 the band opened for 4-time Grammy Award nominee Boney James at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in NJ. In July 2016 the band was the featured performer at the F.M. Kirby Center For The Performing Arts in PA. In August 2016 PGS will be performing at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia and at Garcia’s at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY. In October PGS will perform at the Manhattan Center. And in December the band will be the featured performer at the Highland Lakes Concert Series in NJ. All of this is in addition to the band’s monthly residency at The Groove in Greenwich Village.
PGS’s third album – “Made In New York” – was released in September 2015 and featured two celebrated singles, “New York City Groove” and “Fire” (Robert’s reimagined version of the Jimi Hendrix classic). Both singles featured 2013 “The Voice” semi-finalist Kat Robichaud on vocals. The videos for “Groove” and “Fire” that have been viewed over 150,000 times to date. The reviews of the album and “Fire” were uniformly excellent, with words like “fantastic”, “damn fine album” and “hard to resist” for the album, and “superb”, “brilliant”, “excellent”, “stunning” and “unbelievable gem” for “Fire”.
Robert originally formed PGS in 2007. The band’s first two CDs, “Play” (2008) and “Spring Dance” (2012), had several top radio singles – “The Captain Of Her Heart” (feat. Judie Tzuke on vocals) from Play, and “Catch You Later” and “Spring Dance” from Spring Dance. The band also had a featured role in the hit NBC-TV series “Lipstick Jungle” starring Brooke Shields and Kim Raver, with five of the band’s tunes featured in the soundtrack.
The lineup for PGS consists of Robert on bass with a rotating lineup of young, supremely talented musicians.