Mike Miller was born into a musical family in Sioux Falls, S. D. on May 8th, 1953. He started playing bass with his father’s jazz combo at age 12, becoming the third of four bass playing brothers. About the same time, he began playing guitar in a series of bands of his own making. At 15, he was accepted into the Sioux Falls Symphony playing string bass.
In 1972 he moved to Colorado, where he met and played with guitarists Robben Ford, Bill Frisell, and Larry Coryell in many varied musical situations, including playing bass with rock guitarist Tommy Bolin, opening for the Rolling Stones with ATCO recording artists “60,000,000 Buffalo,” playing with the avant-garde jazz groups “Fly and the Zippers,” and the “Orchestra of Clouds”. He also met and played extensively with guitarists Robben Ford, Larry Coryell, and Bill Frisell. In ’75, Mike hooked up with the Fowler Brothers (of Frank Zappa fame) and came to Los Angeles to record their first album, “Fly On,” produced by jazz great Oliver Nelson.mike_miller_2
Mike moved further west to Los Angeles in 1975 where he quickly became in demand with such diverse artists as Brian Wilson, Benny Maupin, Billy Childs, Airto Moriera, Tom Scott, Shawn Phillips, David Benoit, Burton Cummings (The Guess Who), Marilyn Scott, David Garfield (Karizma), Brand X, Alphonso Johnson, Eric Marienthal, Stan Ridgeway, and many, many others.