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Mike Miller

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.

In ’81 Mike began an eleven-year stint with singer-producer Gino Vannelli and his brother Joe touring and recording five albums. Mike worked with the Yellowjackets on their 2nd album “Mirage a Trois” in ’82. Mike also contributed a composition to that album, which was nominated for a Grammy the next year. 1986 found Mike starting a new trio with Ralph Humphrey and Jim Lacefield called the Outsidemen. They recorded an album of mostly MM originals called “Band Overboard” on Terra Nova records. In ’93, Mike joined up with jazz icon Chick Corea to record the Electric Band II’s grammy nominated album “Paint the World”, which they followed with an extensive world tour.

In the beginning of ’95, Mike began a series of concerts and recordings of the late Frank Zappa music with the Zappa alumni big band, “Banned from Utopia”, performing with the Seattle Symphony, the Portland Symphony, and the Israeli Philharmonic. “Banned From Utopia” has finished a new recording, “So You Don’t Like Modern Art” which is scheduled for release in fall 2001.

He recently recorded a classical guitar concerto written by Joseph Curiale with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and in June 2000 performed as guest soloist with Peter Erskine and the L.A. Philharmonic New Music Group conducted by Sir Simon Rattle for the U. S. debut performance of Mark Anthony Turnage’s jazz-tinged masterwork “Blood On The Floor” at the prestigious Ojai Festival. He has also been branching out into other musical fields, including TV, film and jingle work performed with Lily Tomlin in the film of her critically acclaimed “The Search For intelligent Life in the Universe,” and worked extensively with composer Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo) on numerous movie and TV projects.

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Album Review

ARC Trio and the John Daversa Big Band: ARCeology: The Music of MSM Schmidt

Read "ARCeology: The Music of MSM Schmidt" reviewed by Jim Worsley

What would happen if fusion, already a hybrid of musical genres, was compounded with the sound of big-band? Further, that both genres were stretched well outside the box? An ensemble of bright musical minds came together on just such a project. The results could have been the disastrous soup of too many cooks in the kitchen or, perhaps, something special and creative. Fortunately, they served up an entree which is very much the latter. It starts with quality ...

Radio & Podcasts

Mike Miller, Igor Wilcox, Gabriel Santiago and Ryan Devlin

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New releases from, Mike Miller, Igor Wilcox, Fredrik Sahlander. Plus Ryan Devlin, Gabriel Santiago and Kazumi Watanabe.Playlist Mike Miller “Reindeer Glue" from Trust (Blue Canoe) 00:00 Igor Wilcox “North City" from North City (Room 73) 08:10/li> Fredrik Sahlander"Hold Your Breath" from Past Present Future (Losen) 16:16 Ryan Devlin"The Drag" from The Shape Of Light (Timucua) 24:33 Gabriel Santiago “Gimmee Five" from Upright (Self Produced) 32:43 Kazumi Watanabe “Robo" from Mo'Bop (Plaza Mayor) 40:49 ...

Album Review

Mike Miller: Trust

Read "Trust" reviewed by Jim Worsley

This record is more than a breath of fresh air. It is more like when you open the front door and that momentary rush of crisp wind blows in. Trust embraces that sensation and creates a limitless screen door of opportunity. Ten original and melodious compositions by Mike Miller seamlessly flow, and both sustain and cherish the feel of the moment for the duration. The magnitude of this project propelled Miller to assemble an elite group of musicians. ...

Album Review

Randal Clark: Imaginary World

Read "Imaginary World" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Randal Clark's Imaginary World stretches beyond the conscious boundaries and illuminates the dark corners. It's clear from the onset that it is steeped in jazz tradition with a giant foothold on both rhythmic and melodic foundations. Clark establishes himself early and never lets go. Too often a buoyant blast off can ultimately fade away into the abyss of both the imaginary and conscious recesses of the mind or a once steaming groove can melt into the wallpaper. Even the most ...

Album Review

Bob Holz: Live in New York & L.A.

Read "Live in New York & L.A." reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While Live in New York & L.A. is a split-scene production crossing coasts, spanning several years and utilizing different personnel lists, it offers a cohesive playlist. Not surprisingly, Bob Holz ties everything together with his kit and charisma. Mixing standards and originals to good effect, this Berklee-trained drummer, who previously worked with everybody from guitarist Larry Coryell to trumpeter Randy Brecker to bassist Stanley Clarke, is always in his element. Frontloading the album with half a dozen ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Blue Canoe Records


ARCeology: The Music...

Blue Canoe Records


Long Beach

Self Produced


Imaginary World

Blue Hour Productions



Self Produced


Red and Gold

From: ARCeology: The Music of MSM...
By Mike Miller


From: Trust
By Mike Miller

A Night In Tunisia

From: Live in New York & L.A
By Mike Miller


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