Joel Miller

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Joel Miller

Winner of the 2013 Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Montreal saxophonist Joel Miller marries his awe-inspiring technique and boundless sense of musical adventure with a pop musician’s desire to make music that moves people.

His compositions are inspired by the melodic simplicity and emotional depth of American folk music, and they’ve been praised by Downbeat as “passionate and creative, melodic yet exploratory.” His free-spirited eclecticism has been equally lauded by the magazine for “illustrating the cross-pollination emblematic of the Montreal jazz community.” Dave Douglas calls Miller “a breath of fresh air and one of the great pleasures of the Montreal scene.”...
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2013 Swim Juno Award Contemporary Jazz Album of the year (Swim) 2013 Swim East Coast Music Award Jazz Album of the year (Swim) 2012 Album of the year La Press (Swim) 2012 Album of the year Ottawa Citizen (Swim) 2012 #1 on Earshot Jazz Charts (Swim) 2006 Joel Miller Mandala, Opus Award
Concert of the year (L'Off Festival July 2nd, 2005)
2005 Joel Miller Mandala, All About Jazz 2005 Publisher Picks
2005 Joel Miller Mandala, "Best of 2005" La Presse (Alain Brunet)
2005 Joel Miller Mandala, National Jazz Awards nomination
2005 Joel Miller Mandala, ADISC nomination
(Quebec Music Awards)
2005 Joel Miller, CMW (Canadian Music Week) Indie Awards, Jazz Group of the year nomination, Toronto, ON
2003 Joel Miller …and then everything started to look different…, East Coast Music Awards Nomination
2003 Joel Miller …and then everything started to look different…, Opus Award Nomination
1997 Joel Miller Quintet, duMaurier Grand Jazz Award, Montreal International Festival
”Passionate and creative, melodic yet exploratory” Downbeat Magazine

“positively engaging” The New York City Jazz Record

”What is doubtless one of the most creative jazz productions to come out of Canada.” - Juan Rodriguez Montreal Gazette

As a Leader
Mandala (Effendi Records 2004)
And Then Everything Started to Look Different (Effendi Records 2000)
Playgrounds (Justin-Time 1998)
Find a Way (Isthmus/Unity 1996)

As A Side Musician
A Shorter Distance - Christine Jensen (Effendi Records 2002)
Collage - Christine Jensen (Effendi Records 2000)
Atmosphere - Brian Hurley (2000)
Acadian Folk Song - Greg Amirault (Effendi Records 1999)
Sky Beneath My Feet (L'institute Sexoacoustical 2003)

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Date Venue Ticket
Apr25 Messe Bremen
Bremen, Germany
Jun20 The Rochester Club
Rochester, NY
Jun20 The Rochester Club
Rochester, NY
Apr12 The Wilson Room
Kingston, Canada

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Effendi Records (2004)
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