Miles Gilbert Quartet
Signature Recital Series Concert
The Miles Gilbert Quartet is an ensemble that plays original compositions and arrangements from a broad pallet of musical styles. The Quartet met in 2016 at Oberlin Conservatory and bonded over their shared love for music and improvisation. The MGQ plays music that draws from their collective creativity to push boundaries in an attempt to create something that is new. The group’s primary goal is to use performance as a tool to inspire people and bring people together.
Miles Gilbert (he/him) graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in 2020, where he studied with Tracy Rowell, Peter Dominguez, and Gary Bartz. Growing up in New York, Miles was surrounded by great music from a young age and was mentored as a bassist by Ken Jernigan, Rusty Holloway and John Pattiticci. He is experienced as a performer, teacher, and composer. So far he has played many legendary stages including The Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Severance Hall. Miles is currently bassist in the trios of Hiroshi Yamazaki (piano) and Raphael Silverman (guitar). On February 26, he will be releasing an album with trumpeter David Sneider, called “The Taxter Factor.”
Benjamin Oglesby-Davis (he/him) is a guitarist, composer, and arranger from Atlanta, Ga. Benjamin started playing the guitar at the age of 12, receiving musical guidance from Atlanta artists John and Rosemary Robertson, Tavius Elder, James H. Patterson, and Kebbi Williams. Benjamin holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with guitarist Bobby Ferrazza and saxophonist Gary Bartz. As a student at Oberlin, he was afforded the opportunity to perform at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC as part of the inaugural Oberlin Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble. Through composition and improvisation, Benjamin seeks to bridge the gap between generations and cultures and bring people together for a communion of love and appreciation of life.
Camille Vogley-Howes (they/them) is a graduate of Oberlin College & Conservatory, where they received dual degrees in Comparative American Studies and Jazz Studies. In the past six years Camille has won 2nd place at the St. Paul String Quartet Competition, was awarded the FIGS grant with their group Quartet Davis, was a member of two audition-based honors ensembles, performed at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Ohio Theater, the Wexner Center, Dizzy’s Jazz Club and the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Convention and performed alongside such renowned artists as Henry Threadgill, Kenny Werner, Sullivan Fortner, Billy Childs and more. Annual teaching projects include organizing and being on faculty for the Creative Strings Workshop, an international community of string players that come together to learn about music education, improvisation and string playing across a range of styles. Camille is also currently a part of Quartet Davis, a contemporary ensemble that integrates classical chamber playing with Folk, Blues, Americana, Jazz, and original compositions.
Christopher Latona (he/him) is a jazz percussionist and pianist and a graduate of the Oberlin College and Conservatory dual degree program, where he earned degrees in both in History and Jazz Percussion. He is honored to have had as his principal teacher and mentor the legendary Billy Hart. It has been said that Chris is “one of the greatest talents in jazz percussion to have walked these halls in decades. “Chris owes much of his early training and inspiration from his involvement in the Jazz Academy of Music, established by renowned saxophonist, Paul Carr, to advance and preserve Jazz music through education and outreach. Chris has since been invited back to the Academy to serve as a mentor and educator. Though barely in his twenties, Chris has amassed a wealth of performing experience including performances at Washington DC’s Blues Alley, Twins Jazz Club, the MidAtlantic Jazz Festival, Capital Bop as well as jazz venues in New York City, San Francisco, Cleveland and Rome.