(born in Kingston
Stated on the Live
DVD at time index 12:38) is a member of smooth jazz
group Acoustic Alchemy
and plays the steel-string acoustic guitar
and electric guitar
In 1996, Gilderdale became a member of the contemporary jazz group Acoustic Alchemy
and has collaborated on five releases, including 2001's Grammy nominated AArt
. Gilderdale contributed to the group's 1998 release Positive Thinking...
and was selected by Greg Carmichael
for the steel string acoustic chair which was left vacant by the passing of the group's original founder, Nick Webb
A seasoned guitarist and performer, Miles Gilderdale first became known in the UK and Europe to audiences in the 1980's as the lead singer and guitarist in York/Harrogate-based soul band Zoot and the Roots
which also included the sax player Snake Davis
. He has worked on stage with artists as diverse as Ben E. King
, Ronnie Wood
, and Jools Holland
, as well as having done live BBC Radio 1
broadcasts and TV appearances.
When not touring with Acoustic Alchemy
, he can be often spotted gigging around the North of England with The Blueflies, a funk/blues outfit composed of Miles, ex-Zoots bassist and co-songwriter Gavin Ewing and drummer Trevor 'Fatha' King. While allowing Gilderdale to take flight on solos, The Blueflies hard-edged funk blues sound is in contrast to his 'smooth jazz' solo work and performances with Acoustic Alchemy.