But Jeffery Miller is no ordinary trombone player.
Born in New Orleans just twenty two years ago, the prodigy has already graduated Juilliard and toured with Arcade Fire and the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra. The first thing I noticed when he stood up to play was that even with two mutes in his horn, his sound filled every inch of the room. The second thing I noticed, however, was what really shocked me. Each note came out with the careless buttery precision of a saxophone. I have never heard a tone so rich from any instrument in my life, let alone from one that I tend not to enjoy hearing. But with Jeffery Miller’s unparalleled touch, the full deep range of the trombone suddenly came alive for me that night in ways I had never
The theme of the night was Songs About Women, and with each number, he demonstrated the immense respect he has for all of the great women of his life. He openly talked about losing his mother at a young age, and paid her a tribute that he called a work in progress, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use words like masterpiece. He played until one in the morning, but I wasn’t even blinking when he finally finished. Out of an entire weekend in New York City, this single twenty-two-year-old musician was the most interesting part.