Paul Milesi
Jazz Pianist • Registered Piano Technician (RPT)

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Paul with then President-Elect Obama and the band,
which comprised Paquito D'Rivera's rhythm section.
Charlie Fishman, Executive Director of the DEJF, is at far right.
Blair House, Washington, DC, January 18, 2009.

Paul with pianist Herbie Hancock.
MLK Library, Washington, DC.
January 19, 2009.

Paul with Bösendorfer Model 214 Edge
Paul with the Bösendorfer Model 214 Edge at the
50th Annual Convention of the Piano Technicians Guild.
Kansas City, MO, June 2007.

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News & Events

It has been an incredibly busy year-and-a-half! Paul began doing contract work for the Howard University Department of Music in February 2009, and was asked to become Staff Technician beginning with the Fall Semester 2009. This position presents many challenges unique to institutional work and also provides many rewarding experiences as part of the HU community.

Paul continues to service private customers, and is in even more demand as a concert and performance technician. He tuned for the 2009 and 2010 DC Jazz Festivals, for the 2010 Washington Internationsl Piano Arts Council Competition at the Mexican Cultural Institute, and NPR Studio 4A for appearances by jazz pianist Eric Lewis (ELEW) and R&B singer/songwriter KEM.

Paul also maintains the pianos at jazz clubs HR 57 and Bohemian Caverns, tuning for such artists as Ron Carter f/Mulgrew Miller, Cyrus Chestnut, George Colligan, Roberta Flack, Chuchito Valdes, Lous Hayes f/Larry Willis, and many, many others.

Paul was kept very busy during the recent Inaugural activities in Washington. Yamaha Corporate Artists Division asked him to tune for Josh Grobin and Herbie Hancock at the Martin Luther King Library on January 19th, and for the Live Television Broadcast of the Neighborhood Ball held at the Washington Convention Center on January 20th. That piano was used by Shakira, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder.

The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival provided music for the small dinner for family and friends hosted by then President-Elect and Mrs. Obama on Sunday, January 18th, and Paul was asked to tune the Blair House Mason & Hamlin Model A piano! Really a very special evening, since Paul and the band were invited to stay and enjoy dinner with the other guests!

This past weekend, Paul tuned for an appearance by saxophonist Kenny G at The Twentieth and Grand Finale Best Buddies Ball, Honoring Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, at the residence of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver in Potomac, Maryland.

For the second year in a row, Paul was honored to serve as the piano technician for Washington, DC's annual Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, tuning at venues like the Lincoln and Sylvan Theaters, THEARC, and Cohen Auditorium at the Voice of America for such world renowned pianists as McCoy Tyner and Geoffrey Keezer, as well as for the many groups appearing at the Festival, incuding Nasar Abadey, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sharón Clark, the Duke Ellington Ochestra, La Timbistica, Na'Rimba, Paquito D'Rivera, Christian McBride, and many others.

Paul tuned for an appearance by Roberta Flack for the Congressional Black Caucus at the Reagan International Trade Building.

On September 3, Paul tuned the Yamaha C7 in NPR Studio 4A for a session of All Things Considered--an interview and recording by cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Geoffrey Burleson. Click here to visit the NPR page to read about the session and listen to the interview and music recorded in Studio 4A.

NOTE: The first link, "Listen Now," is the interview, which includes music from other sources as well as music recorded that day in Studio 4A. Lower on the page, under the photo, you will see a section titled, "MUSIC FROM STUDIO 4A," with hi-fidelity links to pieces recorded in Studio 4A using the piano Paul tuned. Enjoy!

At the end of June, Paul attended the 51st Annual Piano Technicians Guild Convention and Technical Institute in Anaheim, CA. While there, he became a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) Member of the Guild. Registered Piano Technicians have passed a rigorous set of written, technical and tuning examinations which test their knowledge of piano history, design, construction and tuning theory as well as applied tuning, repair and regulation skills.

This year is a busy one! Paul has tuned at the US Department of State for an appearance by jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, and at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for Patti LaBelle's performance at the Lupus Foundation of America's Fifth Annual Awards Gala.

In early May, Paul toured the Mason & Hamlin piano factory in Haverhill, Massachusetts along with several other PTG technicians from the Washington, DC area.

At the end of June, Paul will be attending the 51st Annual Piano Technicians Guild Convention and Technical Institute in Anaheim, CA.

As the piano technician for Washington, DC's Duke Ellington Jazz Festival last week, Paul tuned at venues like the Lincoln and Sylvan Theaters, Atlas Performing Arts Center, THEARC, and Cohen Auditorium at the Voice of America for such world renowned pianists as Hank Jones, Milcho Leviev, Eddie Palmieri, and Danilo Perez, as well as for the many other artists appearing at the Festival. Lots of great music! Click here to listen to the Voice of America Internet broadcast of the September 17, 2007 Concert in Cohen Auditorium featuring Paquito D'Rivera and others.

Paul recently returned from the 50th Annual Convention of the Piano Technicians Guild in Kansas City, MO, where, in addition to attending classes and presentations on the latest in piano technology, he was a featured performer in four mini-concerts on Bechstein, Bösendorfer, Fazioli and Sauter pianos of unique design.

M Liminal by Fazioli
The Model M Liminal by Fazioli



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