PalmSprings.JazzNearYou.com Admin and Photographer/Content Production Artist for BurkeMedia Productions
I am the administrator of the PalmSprings.JazzNearYou.com calendar. In 2018 I discovered AllAboutJazz as I was
getting involved in the local scene here in Palm Springs. I was blown away by the platform that Michael Ricci
had crafted over decades and the global community that had organically coalesced to utilize it, support it, and
shape its development.
I was so excited to have such a beautiful and powerful tool available to empower and connect our local
audiences and talent with global audiences and global talent. But, there was a problem. The massive Greater LA
calendar dwarfed our little Palm Springs listings to the point of invisibility. Something had to be done. To my
astonishment, Michael Ricci immediately responded to my suggestion of creating a new Palm Springs calendar
and strongly encouraged me to volunteer to be its admin. I did, and thus PalmSprings.JazzNearYou.com was
COVID interrupted the early stages of our development and it caused a lot of changes both online and offline. In
the aftermath of the pandemic, our local scene is coming now back to life and I am working to reconnect us to
the global community on JazzNearYou and AllAboutJazz. There are many new challenges to face as well as new
opportunities. JNY has developed many new features for promoting and documenting online jazz experiences
and is now working on expanded services for physical events as well.
Aside from the jazz scene. I am a content production artist working with BurkeMedia Productions in Desert Hot
Springs, CA. I also advocate for creative professionals, promoting life-long arts education and the integration of
the arts and creative fields within community development and public administration. Committed to developing
unique and vibrant music and arts scenes in the California desert, I hope to build a connected, supportive
community of creative professionals and cultural arts supporters.
Contact Brown Miller through the All About Jazz messaging system or visit
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2018-02-27
My Dad has always been a huge jazz fan,
having been one of the younger and
lesser known beat poets. So, I grew up
hearing Miles Davis and other '50s
through '70s jazz. Later on I got into the
swing scene in the late '90s and
developed a passion for pre-war and wartime
jazz and lot of the fashion, art, and
design esthetics of that era.
After a couple of decades "finding myself" I
ended up in Palm Springs where the good old
straight ahead, American Songbook jazz is still a
dominant popular genre. Palm Springs and jazz
are a perfect pair. Where else can you flick on
your FM radio and hear Sinatra or Dean Martin
crooning a classic any time of the day or night!
I am now the admin for
PalmSprings.JazzNearYou.com and I'm working
to develop our local jazz scene in the desert with
the help of All About Jazz.
This post pandemic period presents a lot of
challenges... and opportunities. Our local
calendar had really just started before the
COVID ended my favorite jazz show: Jazz at the
Twelve, with Paul MacKey, Andy Fraga, Larry
Holloway, and Brian Nova. As a photographer for
the show, I had the opportunity to photograph
and meet some incredibly talented people.
Laurence Hobgood, Tom Scott, Josh Nelson, to
name a few.
Twelve was a very special project in a casual,
intimate venue with breathtaking views of the
Coachella Valley. I had no idea how great it was
until it suddenly ended. Without even the
satisfaction of a final closing night or a farewell
Now, as we move forward into the unknown
territory of Jazz in the 21st Century, I am excited
to see what my old friends are doing next and to
make new friends here in town and around the
My Dad and I are really close and love turning
each other on to rare recordings and new artists.
Jazz is definitely a big part of my life and I hope
the next generation of Jazz will take us to new
heights. I'm excited about what technology can
offer as far as connecting audiences and artists,
capturing and documenting the sights,
sounds, experiences, and stories with ever
increasing quality and depth.
Let's see where Jazz will take us next.