Harvey Millar
Category: Hip Hop / Jazz
Member in Good Standing
     Jam Productions
     PO Box 31154
     Halifax, Nova Scotia
     Canada, B3K 3V7
  p: (902) 453-6049
f:  (902) 493-4726
e: harvey.miller@smu.ca

  • East Coast Music Award in 2002 for Best Urban Recording
  • November of 2002, Winner of three African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA) Awards for Best Jazz Artist, Best New Artist, and Artist of the Year
  • Nominated for two awards (Best Jazz Artist, and African Canadian Artist of the Year) at the East Coast Music Awards, February 2003

Mesmerizing...Tranquilizing... Electrifying...Tantalizing.....Harvey Millar of the Freedom Jazz Band!

Halifax based Harvey Millar plays a hip hopping, “rootsy”, funky, bluesy, jazzy guitar. He punctuates his urban jazz sound with scats and rhythmic licks guaranteed to take you on an electrifying tour of his unique Afro-Caribbean-hip hop jazz

Influenced by musicians from a wide spectrum of genres such as blues guitarist Eric Gale, Jazz guitarist George Benson, spoken word artist Guru, jazz vocalists Betty Carter and Al Jarreau, reggae legend Bob Marley, and various 1970’s and 80’s funk artists - Millar’s musical style is highly percussive and rhythmic reflecting the combined influences of Bebop, Caribbean idioms and modern day hip hop......Millar calls his unique brand of urban grooves..... hip bop.

Millar has led his own groups, namely, Friends and Music - a popular reggae and R&B group; Umoja – a reggae funk fusion band; and now the Freedom Jazz Band which focuses on his true love, Bebop, Funk, and Hip Hop as an off-shoot of Funk.

Performance highlights for Harvey Millar include: The St. Lucia International Jazz Festival, The Du Maurier Atlantic Jazz Festival, The East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) Halifax and Newfoundland, and the Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia (Urban Jazz Show Case). He is a favorite at many Halifax Jazz spots including : Hell’s Kitchen, The Economy Shoe Shop, The Marquee, The Velvet Olive and Stayners Wharf.

Harvey Millar is also a brilliant composer, his recent collaboration with Shy Luv on the urban tune Hip Bopping demonstrates his compositional versatility and his mastery of the jazz guitar. The song won the East Coast Music Award for best Urban Recording. Millar has received two nominations for the 2003 East Coast Music Awards: Best Jazz Artist/Group, and African Canadian Artist/Recording of the Year.

His solo debut, Milestones, is a recording of largely original material after 20 years of performing.