Michael J. Miles

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Corky Siegel and Michael J. Miles have been pushing past other people's expectations of what their instruments, harmonica and banjo respectively, should do for some time now. A long-time bluesman , Siegel took up an offer by conductor Seiji Ozawa in the late 1960s to join his band with a symphony orchestra in a piece by William Russo. That led to a series of concerts and a landmark recording. Siegel decided to pursue the concept, but as he puts it, the symphony wouldn't fit on the bus, so he...