Photo of musicians of the band Project Grand Slam performing.
Project Grand Slam; submitted photo.

Will Call #73 —
NTRVW: Robert Miller
of Project Grand Slam

Project Grand Slam; submitted photo.

In this episode, the first of our sort-of post pandemic shows, we speak with the wise, witty, and very talented Robert Miller. A lot of people people launch a second Nact after they conclude one career. Most people don’t decide to grab an axe and take to the stage in pursuit of rock stardom. Fortunately for all of us, Robert did! His band, Project Grand Slam is a tight, rhythm-driven engine that cranks out one great track after another. Solid songwriting and heartfelt lyrics complete the sound, providing the answers about how this Jazz/Rock/Latin fusion act has risen so far so fast.

After running down and catching a big life goal of his own, Robert Miller decided to share his own wisdom that he’s picked up along the way, as well as that of the artists and other guests he has on his own podcast, “Follow Your Dream.” He started this project at the height of the pandemic in 2020, and has had some amazing guests on that you’ll want to check out.

Project Grand Slam

August 17, 2021; 8:30 p.m.
Shakespeare & Company
Tina Packer Playhouse
70 Kemble Street, Lenox Mass.

Project Grand Slam (PGS) is the brainchild of acclaimed
leader/bassist/composer Robert Miller.

PGS is a celebrated fusion of Rock and Jazz with
a twist of Latin and a New York City groove.

Be sure to listen to our interview with Allyn Burrows,
artistic director of Shakespeare & Co.!

Robert Miller; submitted photo.

Robert Miller is the creative force behind Project Grand Slam (PGS), as the band’s leader/bassist/composer. PGS plays a fusion of Jazz/Rock/Latin music with a NYC groove. Plus Robert’s reimagined versions in PGS’s style of iconic ‘60s British Invasion hits by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks and The Beatles.

In just over the past 5 years PGS has released 10 highly acclaimed albums including a Billboard #1, has over 4 million video views, over a million Spotify streams, played festivals and concerts around the world, and opened for Edgar Winter, Blues Traveler, Boney James, and Mindi Abair, and an after-show for YES.

PGS today consists of Robert supported by a group of young, extremely talented, mainly foreign born musicians from places like Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Beginning in 2015 Robert began transforming the band’s music, initially mainly contemporary jazz instrumentals, and now consisting almost entirely of original vocal songs. Robert’s songs channel his love for rock music, jazz fusion, and ‘60s British Invasion hits. With this eclectic mix, Robert has blazed a completely original path for PGS.

The pandemic severely affected musicians and all artists. PGS was somewhat fortunate in that the band’s latest album, East Side Sessions, was release in January 2020 just before the world closed down. However, the band was unable to tour in support of the album, so Robert decided instead to release videos of four of the songs from the album, which collectively received about a million views.

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Jason Velázquez

Jason Velázquez has worked in print and digital journalism and publishing for two decades.
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