A concert of brand new music composed, directed and performed by Aziza and her very special guests and friends" Aziza ,who is previously known as Linda Williams is the recipient of the 1997 Presidential Scholar Distinguished Teacher Award, Natalie Cole's former Musical Director and pianist and Alicia Keys high school music teacher at the professional performing arts school for 3 years.
“Aziza! That’s it. Aziza!” Ten years ago, Linda Williams, best known in music circles for her 5 _ years playing and conducting for Natalie Cole, had an epiphany: it was time for a change - time for a new name, a new direction, a new life. Aziza, the performer, the composer/lyricist, the complete artist was born. After her Hollywood period in which she composed the melody for Miss Cole’s “La Costa”, a contemporary standard, then wrote and recorded “City Living”, her debut album on Clive Davis’ Arista Records, Aziza turned to the daunting task of raising her son Brandon. She spent years happily shaping her young man’s life until he graduated with an Aerospace Engineering degree from U.S.C. and became Lt. Brandon Miller, pilot, U.S. Navy.
Finding herself in the proverbial “empty nest”, Aziza brought out her yellow writing pad and began chronicling her thought and feelings. Somewhat to her amazement, the poet in her emerged! Reams and reams of poetry, song lyrics and topical statements poured out of her busy pen. Marrying those words to melody had always been her forte, so the composer in her got to work setting lyric to melody. Watching Aziza perform we sense the organic nature of her songwriting. Everything becomes a part of her work – a trip on the subway, a walk through the neighborhood, a fantasy about the man she will love, a statement about the man she will no longer love, her paean to the great ladies of jazz, and yes her exhortation to all the ladies to strut their divalicious ways – it all sums up her positive take on life. Watching her audiences nod their heads in agreement as she weaves her way through the types of relationships “out there” today, one gets the sense that she is talking for them, saying the things they think but can’t really express. She is becoming their voice, their spokesperson in a world that doesn’t always make sense. Her audience knows she makes sense to them. “I had lived the New York City life and I wanted to write about it. The subways, the apartment buildings, the need for all of us to become more aware, pay more attention to each other and to raise our standards. I had written a song for City Living that talked about elevating our minds and that’s the road I wanted to continue to travel.”
Aziza is now blazing her own trail. With recording a new CD around the corner and a full slate of prime-location appearances on her calendar, the future is bright and full of promise. Night after night, she is conquering audiences with her brilliant songs and charming personality while holding on to the humility learned in her early life. Aziza is a winner. You can bet on it.
Ebony Jo-Ann- The recipient of 6 Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards is an accomplished performer whose singing style relfects the spirituality of jazz, r&b, gospel....soul music.
Mark Anthony Lee- is emerging as one of the most distinctive voices on the NY scene through his engaging live performances. Melding a classic style with a contemporary flair.
Shalaine Adams- performed internationally with Marvin Hamlisch, Gloria Gaynor and Miriam Makeba and was a 'Raelette' singing at the Blue Note with the original Ray Charles
Madame Pat Tandy-If the nickname wasn't already taken, you could sure pin it on Madame Pat Tandy: 'Sassy'..She knows how to make any song get to you!..Zan Stewart-Star Ledger
Chanique Rogers-" Being featured as a spotlight artist on BET's 106 & Park with Davone Ministry empowered and assured me that through hard work anything's possible..Harmony.
"This spunky 7th grader has performed in Aziza Miller’s Diva’s Don’t Apologize show and hopes to become a professional singer one day. "
Olivia Rose Larsen
This talented 5th grader has recently performed in Pascal Lambert's play "Loves End". She has been singing, dancing and acting for 6 years and is looking forward to a long career doing what she loves.
Very Special Guest performance by Rain Pryor (Richard Pryor's daughter) star of the off broadway one woman show-'Fried Chicken & Latkes' @ The Actor's Temple 339 W. 47th Street, NYC.
"Aziza has been blessed with the beautiful gift of creating powerful music which is inspiring, motivating and soothing and her soulful voice can send you into dimensions of contemplation, realization and awakening.".....WPFW radio, Miles Willis
"Finally a refreshing and innovative singer, songwriter, composer, pianist to get excited about! Aziza! Take wings."....Bobbi Humphrey
"Aziza thanks for putting your musical magic in the walls, on the floor and on the ceiling....You are a treasure"....love, Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson