Jim Miller, born in the Midwest, began playing professionally in 1970 through a stylistic variety of original-material bands, became a Jazz snob and moved to the East Coast in 1977.
He co-founded REVERIE, with performances at festivals, clubs, and colleges from New England to Florida, and now leads his own "MILLER TIME." As a sideman, Miller has been on concert appearances and/or recordings with Ira Sullivan, Johnny Coles, Larry Coryell, Denis DiBlasio, George Rabbai, John Blake, Al Grey, Don Alias, Cecil Bridgewater, Anita O'Day, Frank Tiberi, Steve Rudolph, Bootsie Barnes, Onaje Alan Gumbs, Eddie Green, Tyrone Brown, Brian Trainor, "Doc" Gibbs, Reggie Workman, Uri Caine, Rebecca Parris, Mark Murphy, Larry McKenna, Richie Cole, Charles Fambrough, Randy Brecker, Suzanne Cloud, Vanessa Rubin, Houston Person, Buddy DeFranco, Clark Terry, James Moody, Dave Liebman, Slide Hampton, Jean Carn, Michael Pedecin, Jr., Steve Marcus, Gerald Veasley, Mark Kramer, Tom Lawton, Jim Ridl and many more via workshops and clinics, international tours and festivals (B.V. Islands, W. Indies, Mexico, Europe), and session work (studio, radio and television).
Appearing on over three dozen recordings (not counting his own three as leader), Jim formed DREAMBOX MEDIA in 1995, resulting in Philadelphia Magazine's choice award for 1999 Best of Philly® Jazz Record Label (having earlier produced Evelyn Simms' "On My Own," awarded BEST JAZZ RECORDING OF 1989 by the Philadelphia Music Foundation); he's been Adjunct Professor for Advanced Study of Drumset on the Jazz faculty at Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J. & Active Member American Federation of Teachers, Local 2373 since 1997; and serves as a proud board member of JazzBridge.org. In early 2007, Dreambox Media celebrated its twentieth anniversary, coinciding with its one-hundredth release. His MONKadelphia CD "Crepuscule" was named one of the 2010 Top Ten Best in Jazz by the Philadelphia Inquirer, and he was most recently honored with receiving the JAZZ HERO AWARD for the greater Philadelphia metro region by the Jazz Journalists Association in April 2013.
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