The brainchild of acclaimed bassist/composer Robert Miller, Project Grand Slam is a Jazz Rock Fusion band with a twist of Classic Rock and Latin, which has earned over one million video views while defying genres, languages and geographic boundaries. Gashouse Radio says: “Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam deserves mentioning as among the best musical acts produced by American culture in the last quarter century!”
PGS has cultivated a fervent, worldwide fan base fueled in large part by the Latin/Caribbean-infused title track from the band’s 4th studio album, ‘The Queen’s Carnival’ (2016). No Depression praised the album as “a uniquely affecting work…impossibly memorable!” With influences as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Afro-Cuban rhythms and Celtic folk, Robert has delivered a sound like no other. In fact, one of Robert’s musical signatures is to take Classic Rock songs such as Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Fire’ and The Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’, and to completely reimagine them.
The band has shared the stage with such artists as Mindi Abair, Boney James (twice), YES and Scott Weiland (formerly of Stone Temple Pilots), and performed at numerous major venues. In the coming months PGS will be opening for Blues Traveler and again for Boney James.
In 2017 PGS will be performing at the following Music Festivals: Jamaica Ocho Rios International Jazz Festival, Jazz On The River Festival (MI), Highland Lakes Concert Series (NJ), and Magic City Smooth Jazz's "Jazz In The Park" Festival (AL).
The band’s forthcoming 5th album, “The PGS Experience” – set to be released on June 30, 2017 – features 2x GRAMMY nominee saxophonist Mindi Abair on two tracks. The CD consists of five new studio cuts (three new tunes written by Robert and two new PGS-style covers arranged by Robert of songs by Cream and Phish), plus four dynamic and powerful live concert tracks of some of the band’s best known songs. Says Robert: “The new album represents the best of PGS between the studio and the live tracks. We continue to drive the line between jazz and rock like no other band.”
Robert originally formed PGS in 2007. In 2009 the band and Robert also had a featured role in an episode of the hit NBC-TV series “Lipstick Jungle” starring Brooke Shields and Kim Raver, with five of the band’s tunes featured in the soundtrack and Robert having a speaking part.
PGS has had several top radio singles – “The Captain Of Her Heart” (ft. Judie Tzuke on vocals) from ‘Play’ (2008), “Catch You Later” and the title song from ‘Spring Dance’ (2012), “Fire” and “New York City Groove” (both ft. Kat Robichaud on vocals) from ‘Made In New York’ (2015), and “You Really Got Me” (ft. Lucy Woodward on vocals) and the title track from ‘The Queen’s Carnival’ (2016).
Says Robert: “What I'm trying to achieve now with PGS is to combine the power and beat of rock with the improvisation of jazz in a new and exciting way that takes the music to a whole other level.”