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Jim Miller

Born: June 13, 1954    Primary Instrument: Drums

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...
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Awards:

(Please see Bio above.)
”...the element of surprise” in a set that is “musically inspiring, uncompromising, observant and technically impressive...” (jazzreview.com)
”With his characteristic flexibility, one that makes it sometime seem as if he's physically steering the band around the turns of whatever tune is rolling past” (-Cadence)
...”the orchestrational drummer of choice” (-Jazz Player magazine)
”...unbelievably difficult to listen to...” (-AllAbout Jazz.com)
As a Leader

Album Name
IF IT’S NOT ONE THING… - Jim MILLER TIME (Dreambox Media DMJ-1029)
…IT’S ANOTHER – Jim MILLER TIME (Dreambox Media DMJ-1063)

As A Side Musician
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)
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)

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Primary Instrument:
Drums

Location:
Philadelphia, PA

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Credentials/Background:
Adjunct Professor of Advanced Studies for Drumset at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. There, I also coach small Jazz ensembles, teach a Business of Music course, and accept private students. Call 267-250-8506 for more info.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
"A Brief History of Time-keeping," which is a Jazz History explained through the evolution of the modern drumset.

I build my own drumsets, and use Meinl cymbals, Pro-Mark sticks, various mallets and brushes.

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