Milton Suggs

Music has been an integral part of Milton’s life from an early age. As a child he played various instruments including the bass, the alto saxophone, and the drums. From these experiences Milton developed a love of, and discovered an intuition for, music that has aided in his growth and development as a musician.

In 2001 Milton began learning to play the piano under the tutelage of his godfather, renowned pianist Willie Pickens. In 2003 he enrolled at Columbia College Chicago where his passion for performance and arranging began to take shape. It was here where he first began to develop his skills as a vocalist and pianist, as well as a composer/arranger. Shortly after receiving his B.A. from Columbia he chose to attend DePaul University where he received a Masters degree in Jazz Studies. It was while attending DePaul that he received a Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for outstanding vocal performance.

Thus far, Milton has had the pleasure of sharing the stage or recording with such notable musicians as Roy Hargrove, Wycliffe Gordon, Sean Jones, Vincent Gardner, Winard Harper and Wynton Marsalis. It was Marsalis’s encouragement that led him to pursue singing more seriously. As a result, in 2010 he had the honor of being selected to participate in The Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead residency program. This intensive two week program allowed him to work side by side with legends such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Curtis Fuller, and Dr. Nathan Davis as well as the iconic vocalist, Carmen Lundy along with other great musicians from around the globe. He has become a mainstay at popular Chicago venues such as the Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, the now closed Velvet Lounge, and a frequent performer in the programs of the Jazz Institute of Chicago including the Chicago Jazz Festival. He also ventures outside of the city to perform at places such as Cliff Bell’s and Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit on a regular basis and has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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On Things To Come: “This is a killer, next wave male jazz vocal date. Hot stuff from a young lion that's doing it all on his own and doing a damn fine job doing it.” -Midwest Record

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