Miro Sprague photo by Jesse ShotlandMiro Sprague is scheduled to play at at Baba Louie’s Backroom in Pittsfield, MA on Saturday, July 19, 8pm.

Sprague is a jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader known for his dynamic performance style and inspiring creativity. Growing up in western Massachusetts in a musical family, he began playing the piano at age 13. Miro won several awards in Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards, including best original composition in 2002 and 2004.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance student

He performed extensively in New England before moving to New York City in 2003 to attend the Manhattan School of Music. In 2012 he was selected to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA, a prestigious, tuition-free jazz masters program that accepts one ensemble of musicians for each class.

While at the Institute, he had the opportunity to study with many of the world’s great musicians and educators including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Lewis Nash, Benny Golson, Dave Liebman, Hal Crook and many more.

Miro has appeared on a dozen CDs, four of them as a leader. He returns to the Berkshires for a trio gig at Baba Louie’s Backroom, 34 Depot St., Pittsfield. Saturday, July 19, 8pm.

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