Timothy Lee Miller
Composer of big band jazz and classical chamber music!
TIMOTHY LEE MILLER is an American composer, arranger, orchestrator, and publisher writing contemporary concert music for
chamber ensembles, orchestra, wind ensemble, and voice, as well as jazz music for big bands and small combos. He has also
written for several small films, television projects, and video games. He has earned degrees from the University of Tennessee
(BS Music Ed, 1984), the University of Miami (MM Media Writing and Production, 1990) and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA
Composition, 2013). His principal composition teachers have been John Anthony Lennon, James Progris, Tamar Diesendruck,
Jonathan Bailey Holland, Andy Jaffe, John Fitz Rogers, and Roger Zahab. He has received numerous commissions and awards,
including several ASCAP awards. His works have been performed throughout the US, Europe, Russia, and China. His music is
recorded on ERMMedia, Ansonica, Navona, and Phoenix Classics.
In November 2015, Miller was part of the PARMA Recordings venture to Havana, Cuba to record several jazz works with
musicians in Havana under the People to People humanitarian program. Two of his big band jazz pieces, Hot Miami Nights
and On An Autumn Day, were recorded and released on the two-disc set ABRAZO: The Havana Sessions alongside music by
the other seven composers. The CD to date has received worldwide critical acclaim and was in consideration for a Grammy
In March 2018, Miller released SOMETHING MORE, eight original jazz compositions that explore the unique relationships
that the composer has with his family. Expanding upon something as simple as a photograph or a memory, Miller's noir-
influenced jazz expands his reflections beyond words and instead creates a story through moods. The album features both
contemporary compositions, as late as 2017, as well as some that Miller had written back in the 1980s. Each track was
inspired by snapshots in Miller's life, a soundtrack to a particular date in time with one of Miller's family members. The
bustling, sweeping opener “Sebastian's Day Off” took its tempo from a day Miller spent in the park with his son. The
composition makes quick jumps from energetic bebop to smooth lounge to bouncy jazz, providing readers with the
breakneck direction changes that come with entertaining a small child. Meanwhile, the more solemn “Inky and Marie” carries
a ghostly feel in its opening chords, alluding to the sorrow Miller felt when his Aunt Marie's dog Inky passed away one night
during a visit. Like a photo album set to sound, Miller’s compositions lets the listener into some of his most cherished
memories. SOMETHING MORE shares the thought that behind every memory, there is a story, and behind every story, there is
music. The CD is available on the Ansonica label from PARMA Recordings.
Miller is currently serving as the Webmaster of the New York Composers Circle, as well as the Editor of its In The Loop online
My Jazz Story
First introduced to jazz in college when I got to play in Jerry Coker's big band - I was hooked!
Wrote my first arrangements while teaching high school. Wrote my first original big band
chart while in grad school in Miami. Although my main focus is classical chamber and
orchestral music, nothing gets my blood boiling like a hot big band chart ala Joe Henderson,
Buddy Rich, Count Basie or Duke!!