Brief History of Miller Time
Jim Miller P.O. Box 8132, Philadelphia, PA 19101 Phone/Fax: (610) 328-1619 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.dreamboxmedia.com PROFILE: Education - Born in the Midwest; Snare drum lessons with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra percussionist; studied informally with J.C. Heard, John Von Ohlen, Ed Shaughnessy, and Alan Dawson. Began playing professionally in 1970 through a stylistic variety of original-material bands; moved to the East Coast in 1977. Experience- Co-founder of REVERIE, with performances at festivals, clubs, and colleges from New England to Florida, and leader of his own 'MILLER TIME.' As a sideman, concert appearances and recordings with: Ira Sullivan, Johnny Coles, Larry Coryell, John Blake, Al Grey, Don Alias, Cecil Bridgewater, Steve Giordano, Victor Bailey, Anita O'Day, Frank Tiberi, Jef Lee Johnson, Steve Rudolph, Alex Foster, Bootsie Barnes, Sid Simmons, Onaje Alan Gumbs, 'Doc' Gibbs, Reggie Workman, Uri Caine, Rebecca Parris, Mark Murphy, Ben Schachter, Tony Williams, Jeff Jarvis, Evelyn Simms, Ron Thomas, Larry McKenna, Lynn Seaton, Bob Kindred, Gordon Brisker, Richie Cole, Charles Fambrough, Randy Brecker, Vanessa Rubin, Houston Person, Bob Mintzer, Buddy DeFranco, Clark Terry, James Moody, John Simon, Ted Rosenthal, Ray Mantilla, Joe Ford, Jean Carn, Dave Stryker, Dave Leonhardt, Eddie Gomez, Dave Liebman, Slide Hampton, Randy Johnston, Bobby Zankel, Michael Pedecin, Jr., Clifford Adams, Steve Marcus. Workshops and clinics, international (B.V. Islands, W. Indies, Mexico, Europe), much session work (studio/radio/TV). AFFILIATIONS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Administrator of ElectroJazz Music (BMI, 1980); w/ SUZANNE CLOUD founded ENCOUNTER RECORDS in 1986 and DREAMBOX MEDIA in 1995, resulting in Philadelphia Magazine's choice award for 1999 Best of Philly® Jazz Record Label; exclusive Artist Endorsement agreement with MEINL cymbals since 1987; Produced Evelyn Simms' 'On My Own,' awarded BEST JAZZ RECORDING OF 1989 by the Philadelphia Music Foundation; drummer with DENIS DiBLASIO and JIM RIDL; two trips to Europe w/ pianist BRIAN TRAINOR; Jazz History (AM CIV 261) lecturer at University of Pennsylvania; Adjunct for Advanced Study of DrumSet on Jazz Faculty at Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J.; Active Member International Association for Jazz Education and American Federation of Teachers, Local 2373. SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY (CD Releases Only): LOOK AHEAD - GERALD VEASLEY (Heads Up OXCD/MC3016) CATCH ME - DENIS DiBLASIO (Liscio Artist Series-11193) KUSANGALA (w/ TYRONE BROWN) - (Nirvana K-1001) SUDDEN LIFE - DON GLANDEN w/ LARRY McKENNA (Encounter Records EAR-1019) SIGNS - GERALD VEASLEY (Heads Up HUCD 3027) 7 GIANT STEPS TO HEAVEN - DENIS DiBLASIO (Liscio LAS-38932) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS - SUZANNE CLOUD (Encounter Records EAR-1022) JAZZ SAXOPHONE CLASSICS - BOB FANELLI (2nd St. SSP1204) SHADES OF GREEN - EDDIE GREEN (Dreambox Media DMJ-1052) LEMON DROP - GEORGE RABBAI & Co. (DBK Jazz 70001) MONK & ME - BRIAN TRAINOR trio & friends (TriArt Music TRT-2018) THIS XMAS (I'D RATHER HAVE LOVE) - TEDDY PENDERGRASS (Surefire 13048) RHINO - DENIS DiBLASIO (Dreambox Media EAR-1032) 5 MINUTES TO MADNESS & JOY - JIM RIDL Trio (Synergy Music 80008-2) PERPETUAL BAGGAGE CLAIM - DENIS DiBLASIO (Dreambox Media EAR-1038) MONKADELPHIA - (Dreambox Media EAR-1045) LOOKING BACK - SUZANNE CLOUD (Dreambox Media DMJ-1030) MOOD SWINGS - BOB FANELLI (Consensus Music 01062) The JIM RIDL TRIO LIVE - (Dreambox Media DMJ-1055) DICHOTOMY - BRIAN BETZ (Dreambox Media DMJ-1088) IF IT'S NOT ONE THING... - Jim Miller TIME (Dreambox Media DMJ-1029) ...IT'S ANOTHER - Jim Miller TIME (Dreambox Media DMJ-1063) RETROSPECTIVE / DEBUT - TOM LAWTON (Dreambox Media DMJ-1070) TRANQUILLO - The BRIAN TRAINOR QUARTET (Harkit Records, EU 8115) YOUR CHEATIN' HEART - JIM RIDL (Dreambox Media DMJ-1080) BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND DAWN - TYRONE BROWN SEXTET (Dreambox Media DMJ-1087) FREE BIRD - The BIRDHOUSE PROJECT (Dreambox Media DMJ-1100) CHAPTER ONE - DAVID LACKNER (Dreambox Media DMJ-1102) DENIS DiBLASIO / BRIAN BETZ PROJECT - (Dreambox Media DMJ-1110/2) MOON OF THE FALLING LEAVES - TYRONE BROWN STRING ENSEMBLE (Dreambox Media DMJ-1115) JAZZ GREETINGS - MARK KRAMER (Dreambox Media DMJ-1118) AutoBIOgraphy: Jim Miller I've been involved in the professional music business since 1970, but incredibly, still enjoy playing the drums anyway. I consider it very fortunate that my Indianapolis grade school had a full band program and indoor plumbing as well. At age 12 the 'music nun' yanked me from piano lessons to play drums in the orchestra because no one else had exhibited any natural proclivity toward becoming the scapegoat in the school's traditional losses at district band contests. Falling in love with the drums immediately, I demonstrated my interest and gratitude by ripping off drumsticks from the school, using them at home to break the heads on a pair of Emenee bongos. In order to protect the windowsills and tabletops, a drumset was soon provided and in no time, I was auditioning for my first band ('Do you know the beat to 'Wipe Out'?' 'Yeah.' 'OK, you're in.'). Starting with youth centers and community pools, moving up to after-game dances and drunken frat-house affairs, I paid my dues to reach the top in Naptown: VFW halls, Moose Lodges, mall openings, sets between films at drive-ins, and occasional Union jobs at the Women's Prison. I once found myself playing along with the jukebox at a country joint too cheap to hire a whole group; realizing something was missing, I decided to devote myself to bands inexplicably working on unique, original material no one wanted to hear. By this point I was gaining notoriety as a drummer who would show up for the gig, but I needed more...so, after finally perceiving that further artistic growth could not occur in an area with such a dearth of seedy dives, I moved to Philadelphia. Since relocating to the East Coast and slowly crystallizing the concepts for a book, I've greatly decreased my chances for fame and financial success by evolving into a Jazz Snob. In recent years my drums have taken me to many distant and foreign lands including Cancun (Mexico), Lisbon (Portugal), and Des Moines, Iowa. But seriously, I took snare drum lessons with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra percussionist Jack Wagley, and studied informally at drum clinics with John Von Ohlen, J.C. Heard, Ed Shaughnessy, and Alan Dawson. I was leader/co-founder/chief mediator/drummer for the 'electro-jazz' group REVERIE, which persevered in the face of adversity, apathy, and overwhelming indifference to release four collections of original material in the dozen or so years of it's existence; as a sideman, I've backed Larry Coryell, Johnny Coles, John Blake, George Howard, Al Grey, Anita O'Day, Rebecca Parris, Mark Murphy, Richie Cole, Randy Brecker, Vanessa Rubin, Bob Mintzer, Houston Person, Buddy DeFranco, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Joe Ford, Charles Fambrough, Ray Mantilla, Jean Carn, Ira Sullivan, Cecil Bridgewater, Frank Tiberi, Uri Caine, Jeff Jarvis, Ted Rosenthal, Dave Stryker, Dave Leonhardt, James Moody, Eddie Gomez, Dave Liebman and many others. I started my own record label in 1986 (Philadelphia Magazine's 1999 Best of Philly® Jazz Record Label), and have held an exclusive Artist Endorsement agreement for MEINL cymbals since 1987. In 1989, I produced Evelyn Simms' 'On My Own,' which was awarded Best Jazz Recording by the Philadelphia Music Foundation. I'm currently working and recording with vocalist/lyricist Suzanne Cloud, with Tyrone Brown (former bassist for Max Roach), the Jim Ridl Trio, the Tom Lawton Quintet, Richie Cole's "Alto Madness Orchestra" and the Denis DiBlasio Quartet / Quintet. *****.