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’, The Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’, and Cream's "I'm So Glad", and to completely reimagine them.
The band has shared the stage with such legendary artists as Edgar Winter, Blues Traveler, Mindi Adair (2x), Boney James (5x), YES, and Scott Weiland (formerly of Stone Temple Pilots). Both John Popper of Blues Traveler and Mindi Abair have called PGS's live performances "amazing".
In 2017 PGS performed at four major Music Festivals and looks forward to performing at additional festivals in 2018, including the band's first two European concers at the Silda Jazz Festival in Norway and the Nisville Jazz Festival in Serbia in August.
The band’s 5th album, The PGS Experience, was released in June 2017 and features 2x GRAMMY nominee saxophonist Mindi Abair on two tracks including "Metro Shuffle" and "Fishin", two of Robert's original compositions. 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: “This album represents the best of PGS between the studio and the live tracks.” The PGS Experience was called a "Must Know About" album by Jazziz Magazine, a "Best of 2017" by The MacWire, and reached #7 on the radio charts.
The band's newest album, Trippin', was released on June 29, 2018. Featuring 10 new songs written by Robert - both vocals and instrumentals - plus a raucus PGS-style cover of The Who's iconic "I Can't Explain". Initial reviews for the CD have said: "Trippin' promises to be one of the most talked about albums of 2018...I have no doubt that it's going to be the biggest jazz release of the latter half of the 2010s." (Skope Mag); "A truly amazing album" (Jonathan Widran); and given it 5/5 stars (Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck).
Robert originally formed PGS in 2007. In 2009 the band 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 including “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), “You Really Got Me” (ft. Lucy Woodward on vocals) and the title track from ‘The Queen’s Carnival’ (2016), and "Fishin" and "Metro Shuffle" from 'The PGS Experience (2017)..
Says Robert: “PGS continues to drive the line between jazz and rock like no other band.”