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.