Not often do different styles of music come together to form something completely new and original. The Jeremy Milligan Quintet takes many familiar sounds and combines them into a style of music that has no definition. The instrumentation of guitar, clarinet, accordion, bass and drums brings to mind the sounds of Jazz, Tango, Bossa Nova, Folk, Flamenco, Bluegrass and Classical music. Born in Amherst NH, Jeremy began playing guitar at the age of 13. In 1996 he began his studies in Classical Guitar Performance at Keene State College in Keene NH where he began playing with Phil Darosa and Jon Wearn. In the Summer of 2000 the trio formed the band 'The Sofa Kings' and released their first and only album 'Shortly After Dawn'. In 2001 Jeremy graduated from KSC with honors and was awarded the 2001 Instrumentalist of the Year Award. In the Spring of 2001, Jeremy became the guitarist for the 'Enchantment of the Seas Orchestra' with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. During his stay with the orchestra he performed nightly in a wide variety of genres including Jazz, Broadway, Motown, Country, Rock and Big Band while performing with such legendary acts as Herb Reed and the Platters, and the Miracles. In the Spring of 2002, Jeremy moved to western Massachusetts, once again joining with Jon Wearn and Phil Darosa along with bassist Jackson Smith to form the band Bathtub Mary, this time performing as drummer. The band toured extensively throughout the North East and recorded the album 'Change They Want to See' in 2004. After leaving Bathtub Mary, Jeremy spent time in Spain, where he studied Flamenco guitar at the 'La Janda' school in Vejer de la Frontera. Upon returning to western Mass, Jeremy began performing regularly throughout the area with a wide variety of groups on both guitar and drums. He has performed with area musicians such as Michael Gregory, Celia Miller, the Leah Randazzo Group, Phil Darosa, Somebody's Closet, and Dave Weidenfeld. He has also performed regularly with Rene Romero, a Venezuelan Singer/Guitarist playing the traditional Venezuelan Bolero, as well as the music of Mexico and Columbia. In 2007 this duo was voted 'Best Latin Group' by the readers of the Valley Advocate. Jeremy has become a staple of the Pioneer Valley music scene and can be seen performing regularly as a classical soloist as well as performing Jazz, Latin, Rock, and acoustic Folk. In early 2007, Jeremy began composing for a unique instrumental ensemble. He hoped to combine all of his favorite aspects of the numerous styles of music he had been involved in. The music is closely related to Jazz, in that it is very improvisational and there are open solos for the instruments. The instrumentation or guitar, clarinet, accordion, bass and drums is similar to Tango, Bossa and other Latin styles along with classical music. The song forms are derived from Popular music. The result is 'Still Moving' by the 'Jeremy Milligan Quintet', an album set for release in September of 2008. This fusion of Genres has created a style of music that is difficult to define and a welcome change to the status quo.
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