For the 2018 John Coltrane birthday celebration, guitarist Greg Millar and tenor saxophonist Nelson Rivera will collaborate to recreate a classic album from 1958 (released in 1963) that featured Coltrane paired as a sideman with legendary guitarist Kenny Burrell. The material on this album features classic compositions by Burrell, pianist Tommy Flanagan, and a pair of lesser-known standards."This material should definitely be experienced ", states Millar "in its original recorded format, and our group will give our best interpretation of this masterful recording. It's an idea I've had for quite some time and my thanks goes out to all the festival organizers for allowing us to present it".
Greg has been a mainstay guitarist on the Western New York Jazz Scene for many years and continues to record and perform presently. He has performed with a diverse group of local, national and international artists including organists Charles Earland; Jack McDuff; and Ronnie Foster; saxophonists Joe Ford; Clifford Jordan; Don Menza; David "Fathead" Newman; and Bill Easley; trumpeter Lester Bowie; trombonist Roswell Rudd; and vocalists Brook Benton and "Big" Joe Turner. Mr. Millar is also a past coordinator of interdisciplinary music and poetry programs for Just Buffalo Literary Center that featured local and nationally known poets and musicians in concert settings.