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

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”...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)

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A Brief History of...

Dreambox Media
2008

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If It's Not One...

Dreambox Media
2004

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...It's Another...

Dreambox Media
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Green Zone Blues

From: ...It's Another Miller Time
By Jim Miller

Sonoluminescence

From: If It's Not One Thing...
By Jim Miller

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