Each year, a highlight of the North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison is the presence of noted jazz scholar and film historian Hal Miller, from Albany, New York, who serves as annotator for a continuous showing of segments from his vaunted film/video/DVD collection.
Hal Miller has been variously described as a jazz drummer, Latin percussionist, jazz historian, teacher and writer, and, depending on the time of the year and his current project, he continues to fit each of these categories.
As the curator of one of the world's most comprehensive personal jazz film collections (over 9,000 items!), Hal continues to spread the jazz gospel through his numerous guest lecturer appearances at many of the nation's colleges and jazz societies, through his annual role of jazz historian for the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute (Saratoga Springs, New York), and through his monthly programs for the Borders Books and Music chain.
Much of the footage shown in the last three episodes of the Ken Burns documentary "Jazz" came from Hal's collection. He continues to be a primary resource for jazz video footage for networks and independent production companies. In addition, he contributed significantly to the opening of the Kansas City Jazz Museum via video footage and written commentary.
Miller has contributed liner notes to a number of prestigious jazz recordings, including releases by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Weather Report, pianist Francesca Tanksley, and Carlos Santana.
A professional jazz drummer for the past forty years, Hal continues to play regularly in the Albany, New York, area, whenever time and schedule allow. He also tours internationally as percussionist with the Carlos Santana Band.
There is no admission charge for Hal's presentations.
[b]HAL MILLER FILM PRESENTATIONS[/b]
Thursday, April 16 (6:00 - 9:00 pm)
Friday, April 17 (9:00 am - 12:00 noon; 2:15 - 5:00 pm)
Friday, April 17 Special Presentation: [I]Jazz and Civil Rights[/I] 12:15 - 1:15 pm
Saturday, April 18 (9:00 am - 12:00 noon; 1:30 - 5:00 pm)