Vocalist, Educator, Composer, Lyricist, Leader
“Music is holistic. It has the power to move people on a multitude
of levels. Through my voice I want to be able to probe people to
think and expand their preconceived conceptions about the voice.
The voice is the one instrument which can communicate to all,
crossing any existing barriers; language, sex, age, class or race.”
Miles Griffith’s non-traditional use of the voice as a percussive instrument, combined with an uncanny harmonic sense has made him a prime choice for many musicians.
In 1994, he played the lead role of “Jesse” in Wynton Marsalis’, celebrated Blood On The Fields, the specially commissioned jazz oratorio, which premiered at Lincoln Centers’ Alice Tully Hall. Griffith also participated on the recording, which was released on Sony Music in mid 1997 to end Marsalis’ Pulitzer Award and Grammy winning world tour.
His impressive resume also includes stints with Max Roach, Reggie Workman, Carl Allen, Bill Lee, T.S. Monk, Barry Harris, Tommy Campbell, Jon Hendricks, Cassandra Wilson, Wilber Morris, Burhan Ocal, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Kirk Nurock, Craig Harris, poet Sekou Sundiata, Michael Jefry Stevens and Miles Griffith/Tony Pancella Quintet, Toshiko Akioshi, Heidi Martin, Tony Reedus, Matjaz Mikuletic, Drago Gajo, Mervyn E. Griffith, Toine Thys, Jure Pukl, Balage Horvath, Janos Nagy, Roger Vanha, Black Coffee Renato Svorinic, Jadran Chicco, Matija Dedic, Vered Dekel, Ron Vincent, David Pleasant, DJ Robert G Roy, DJ Raphneck, Tomi Puric, Orrin Evans, Hospital Audiences, Andreas Grosskopf, Ratko Zjaca, Nick Russo, Betina Hershey, Nick Hempton, Ken Foley, Ahmed Abdullah’s Diaspora, Miles Griffith/Andy Lukas Group, Andrei Kondakov, Fabio Morgera, Daniel Noesig, Anton Feinig, Mario Gonzi, Jeff Lederer, John Ellis, Tony Lakatos, Jack Walrath, Theo Bleckmann, JD Walter, Janis Siegel, Judy Niemack, Cameron Brown, Billy Hart, Jeanfrancois Prins, Don Sickler, Marion Cowings, Jay Clayton, Mary LaRose, Gregg August, Art Lilliard, Ron Carter, Billy Higgins, Christian McBride, Malika, Zarra, Gretchen Parlato, Jo Lawry, Becca Stevens, Sachal Vasandani, Andy Bragen, Roy Hargrove, Stephen Scott, Ari Roland, William Ash, Gregory Hutchinson, Sasha Perry, Justin Robinson, Jimmy Heath, Kevin Mahogany, Benny Green, Akim Funk Buddha, Common, Q-Tip, Charenee Wade, Bilal, Emily Braden, Lisa Sokolov, Sir Roland Hanna, Pamela Baskin Watson, Michael Arnella and James Williams’ ICU.
Griffith has been a jazz vocal educator for 30 years, having a Masters of Jazz
Vocal Performance Degree from Queens College, Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from
Long Island University and teaches as a private instructor. May of 2012-2013, Griffith taught for the New York Pops organization. June of 2011 through June 2012, Griffith worked as a Vocal Jazz Instructor at New York Jazz Academy. He also taught as the Vocal Jazz Professor at Queens College Jazz Department from February 2008 to February 2009 and 7 years at City College Jazz program. Griffith created and started the Vocal Jazz Program and taught 3 years at Columbia University (2005-2008), on and off for 22 years at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music, 6 years at Jazzinty in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, 1 year in Izola, Slovenia with the Plesni Dance School and 1 year at the Groningen Conservatore in the Netherlands. He brings his performance energy to the education realm to excite, encourage and empower his students.
Miles Griffith and Tony Pancella Trio have been playing and touring Europe for over 17 years. With three CD’s under their belt, “I Found You,” “Smile Again” and “The Struggle Never Dies,” they’re planning to record their fourth CD in 2017. You can visit their site at: https://myspace.com/griffpan/music/songs The Miles Griffith and Tony Pancella Trio has such a dynamic chemistry on stage that you will be amazed. Plus you’ll leave with an unforgettable musical experience.
Besides Griffith’s four stateside groups, Miles Griffith New Ting, the Miles Griffith Quartet, Melvin Vines and Kay Mori Harlem Jazz Machine group featuring Miles Griffith and Prime Directive he has three more dynamic European Band projects and they are: Fine Noise featuring Miles Griffith, over 23 years of musical collaboration with Miles Griffith/Michael Jefry Stevens Group, and Robert Jukic and JR+5 featuring Miles Griffith http://www.robertjukic.com/Robert_Jukic/home.html. You can search and purchase their music on the world wide net. Tommy Campbell’s Vocal Eyes, which Miles sang for 18 years till summer of 2014, and was an original member since 1996 performing around the Tri-State area. In 2014, Miles joined two new groups, one in May 2014, called Yoron Israel & Key Players and in November 2014-November 2015 with Gerry Eastman's Williamsburg Music Center Band on Friday nights at the Williamsburg Music Center in Brooklyn. Both groups are tight, organized, energetic, swinging and grooving groups that features the bandleader’s compositions and hallmark favorites. Now Miles has teamed up with Guitarist Faton Macula in June 2015, and the Faton Macula/Miles Griffith Duo have started a wonderful musical journey together performing in the Tri-State area.
As for Miles Griffith’s future plans, he states, “I plan to put the voice back on the scene as the ultimate first instrument.”