The remarks of those who hear him for the first time often go something like this:
"I didn't know he could talk, let alone sing!" or "That voice does not belong to that body!" That's because Milton prefers to let his talent speak for itself.
Music has been an integral part of Milton’s life from an early age. While in elementary and middle school, 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 jazz 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, performing for, and recording with such notable musicians as Wycliffe Gordon, Phil Woods, Sean Jones, Vincent Gardner, Winard Harper and Wynton Marsalis -- all whom have expressed high opinions of his ability. He has had the honor of being selected to participate in Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead residency program in 2010. This opportunity enabled 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. With the drive, dedication, and talent he has exhibited thus far, Milton is poised to become a powerful force within the world of music..