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Dreambox Media: The Philadelphia Jazz Label

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Any fan of the great American music that is jazz is surely aware that the art form's history depended on the convergence of geography, individual talents, and inspiration. Cities such as jny: New Orleans, jny: Kansas City, jny: Chicago, and New York are synonymous with particular styles of jazz. One often overlooked city is jny: Philadelphia, the birthplace and/or home to artists as diverse and influential as Pat Martino, Billie Holiday, Stan Getz, Lee Morgan, Dexter Gordon, Clifford Brown, “Philly" ...

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Take Five With Jim Miller

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Meet Jim Miller:Administrator of ElectroJazz Music (BMI, 1980); founded Encounter Records in 1986 and Dreambox Media in 1995, resulting in Philadelphia Magazine's choice award for 1999 Best of Philly Jazz Record Label; Produced Evelyn Simms' On My Own, awarded Best Jazz Recording of 1989 by the Philadelphia Music Foundation.

Currently working and recording with Tyrone Brown (former bassist for Max Roach), the Jim Ridl Trio, the Tom Lawton Quintet, MONKadelphia and the Denis DiBlasio ...

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Jim Miller: A Brief History of (Jim) Miller Time

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Jim Miller is a consummate drummer, well-appreciated by fans and musicians alike. A versatile, creative individual, he is also a founder of Dreambox Media, a record label whose output, often featuring Philly musicians, has been prolific and outstanding. On that label, he has put out an occasional CD series of his own called (Jim) Miller Time, and this release provides a retrospective of his playing with varied groups from 1983 to 2005.

The recording's title is copped from both the ...

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Jim Miller Time: If It's Not One Thing...

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Jim Miller is a drummer/composer who, with his Dreambox Media label, has helped to promote a number of fine artists from the Philadelphia area. It is with some interest, consequently, that he has finally released a title under his own name. With If It's Not One Thing' Miller has created an album that ranges from innocuous contemporary jazz to a pair of tracks that are questionable in concept and execution; but more about that later.

Miller has assembled ...