There is a new jazz artist on the horizon to keep your eyes on and Micah Graves is his name. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA this recent Berklee School of Music graduate is taking his brand of jazz music to a new level. He has been playing the piano since he was 13 years old and is classically trained. He later switched to jazz piano and has not looked back since.
Micah Graves mixes jazz with rhythm and blues and says his biggest musical influences have been Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, and Jeff Lorber while studying jazz. He is also influenced by jazz pianist, Robert Glasper, and jazz singer/multi-instrumentalist, Jacob Collier both of whom mix jazz with R&B, and his jazz piano teacher, Barry Sames. He says that he is fully dedicated to his music and craft and there is no doubt in his mind this is what he wants to do for the rest of his life. He made his recording debut in 2021 with the album, Med Nama, its title in Slovenian meaning, between us. Check out the track, Hold Me with its funky bass intro and the beautiful voices of featured vocalists, Danielle Doughtery and Shaqif Hicks. During this pandemic, many artists struggled since they could not play out live but Micah Graves took advantage of that time and recorded not one but three albums. It's a trilogy that includes Not for the Ordinary, In My Fairytale, and Crooked Tongues. This artist is not only a virtuoso on the piano but is also a composer, producer, and bandleader. He has been playing some dates in a few cities but plans on releasing more music this year. We can't wait to hear more from this super-talented 24-year-old jazz phenom. Support independent music and musicians locally, nationally, and worldwide. Happy listening!