Mark grew up in Racine, Wisconsin and attended nearby Carthage College. In 1992 he moved to Minneapolis to study at the University of Minnesota with Tom Ashworth and Ron McCurdy. An ever- present sound on the Twin Cities music scene in the 1990s, he played with and composed for Motion Poets, Slide Huxtable, Happy Apple, and Jeanay Say Qua. Mark also performed with the Latin Sounds Orchestra, Salsa Del Soul, and the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble.
Mark was a founding member of the jazz sextet Motion Poets, in which he and the other members each composed an eclectic repertoire of hundreds of pieces during their eight-year tenure (1993-2000). They recorded three albums: “Truth And Consequence”, “Standard Of Living”, and “Lose Your Mind And Come To Your Senses”. Motion Poets also traveled extensively, performing in 37 states and were featured at many jazz festivals, including: San Jose Jazz Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival, Discover Jazz Festival, and the BYU Jazz Festival.
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The Motion Poets' ace trombonist, Mark Miller, returns from his New York City digs to reassemble his
other band, Slide Huxtable, for a CD Release Party. The appropriately named The Return Of Slide
Huxtable album co-stars underrated guitarist Bill Bergmann, and the omnipresent Bates brothers,
Chris (bass) and J.T. (drums). The CD is intriguing, with stellar original chart writing (check out Miller's
beautifully mournful For J.J., in honor of all-time trombone hero, J.J. Johnson), abundant first-rate
solos, and enviable group cohesion. Toss in some off-the-beaten-track cover choices -- Whatever
Lola Wants, Lola Gets done up in reggae for example -- and Slide Huxtable's return proves welcome.
--Tom Surowicz, Minneapolis Star Tribune
With a moniker borrowed from the trombone-wielding father of Bill Cosby's character on The Cosby
Show, this mostly Minnesota jazz quartet plays with an authority that outstrips the superficiality of
sitcoms, but would likely please jazz aficionado Cosby
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