"A remarkable stylist. He plays with agility and tact"
"A thinking man's pianist."
"Million's fourth release as a leader, "Poetic Necessities" (Blujazz) shows off his talents as a triple threat: a fine pianist with a feel for the bop idiom; a clever writer; and above all, someone with a sharp sense of programming."
Pianist and composer Steve Million's 2003 Blujazz release, "Poetic Necessities," was on the national jazz charts for two months, and features his Chicago based working trio: David Marr, bass and Tim Davis, drums. Million is one of the busiest pianists in Chicago and the Midwest.
His piano playing is distinct, intelligent, emotionally generous, and swinging. It is shaped by timbres and rhythms that speak of his passion for the music of Thelonious Monk and his great respect for progenitors like Duke Ellington, Cedar Walton, and Paul Bley.
His prior releases have earned him praise such as, "Million's originals speak well of their author...." from JazzTimes, and Downbeat's coveted ****1/2.
A semifinalist in the annual Thelonious Monk Piano Competition, Steve is an educator as well as club and concert touring artist. He is on the faculty of Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, IL, and can be heard frequently at Chicago's Green Mill.