From child prodigy to mainstream jazz violinist, Buckley Mills is quickly raising the already high jazz standards set by such legends as Joe Venuti and Stephane Grappelli.
At the age of three, Buckley, yearning for his father’s attention, ran into his office, but his father, a professional musician, was tutoring a student. Young Buckley listened intently for a moment, then high-tailed it into the next room. He picked up a violin and quickly learned to pluck the notes he had just heard. After mastering the song, he proudly walked back into the other youth’s music lesson, and distinctly played “Sweet Georgia Brown” for his father. In that instant, a violin virtuoso was born.
Under the tutelage of his father, Buckley’s talent continued to emerge. At fourteen, Buckley became the youngest member of the Sioux City Symphony, with his Dad as his stand partner. Unfortunately, the pairing was short-lived. His father was diagnosed with cancer, and Buckley had to proceed alone.
And proceed he did, playing with bands of all genres, from country and rock to classical and jazz. Buckley traveled throughout the United States playing for up to twenty-thousand people and performed with or on the same bill as Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, and countless others.
His propensity for “perfect pitch,” (confirmed by the University of California at San Francisco and documented by the media worldwide in 2007 including Reuters, Yahoo, and ABC News) only enhances the perfection of his performance.