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Jim Miller


JIM MILLER P.O. Box 8132, Philadelphia, PA 19101 Phone: (267) 250-8506 e-mail: website: PROFILE: Education - Born in the Midwest; Snare drum lessons with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra percussionist; studied informally with J.C. Heard, John Von Ohlen, Ed Shaughnessy, and Alan Dawson. Began playing professionally in 1970 through a stylistic variety of original-material bands; moved to the East Coast in 1977. Experience- Co-founder of REVERIE, with performances at festivals, clubs, and colleges from New England to Florida, and leader of his own "MILLER TIME." As a sideman, concert appearances and recordings with: Ira Sullivan / Johnny Coles / Larry Coryell / John Blake / Al Grey / Don Alias / Cecil Bridgewater / Steve Giordano / Victor Bailey / Anita O'Day / Frank Tiberi / Jef Lee Johnson / Steve Rudolph / Alex Foster / Bootsie Barnes / Sid Simmons / Onaje Alan Gumbs / "Doc" Gibbs / Reggie Workman / Uri Caine / Rebecca Parris / Mark Murphy / Ben Schachter / Tony Williams / Jeff Jarvis / Evelyn Simms / Eddie Green / Ron Thomas / Larry McKenna / Lynn Seaton / Bob Kindred / Gordon Brisker / Richie Cole / Charles Fambrough / Randy Brecker / Vanessa Rubin / Houston Person / Bob Mintzer / Buddy DeFranco / Clark Terry / James Moody / John Simon / Ted Rosenthal / Ray Mantilla / Joe Ford / Jean Carn / Dave Stryker / Dave Leonhardt / Eddie Gomez / Mark Kramer / Dave Liebman / Slide Hampton / Randy Johnston / Bobby Zankel / Michael Pedecin, Jr. / Clifford Adams / Steve Marcus (and many others); Workshops and clinics, international (B.V. Islands, W. Indies, Mexico, Europe), much session work (studio/radio/TV). AFFILIATIONS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 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 Quartet / Quintet; two trips to Europe w/ pianist BRIAN TRAINOR; Adjunct Professor for Advanced Study of DrumSet on Jazz Faculty at Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J.; Active Member American Federation of Teachers, Local 2373, Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Project, and advisory boards. DREAMBOX MEDIA (formerly Encounter Records) is an independent musicians' co-op dedicated to promoting the rich tradition of distinctively original and creative Philadelphia jazz artists performing a wide range of jazz styles. Since Philadelphia Jazz has a rich tradition of breeding distinctively original and creative artists, Dreambox Media aims to supplement and provide an alternative to the mass market-driven policy decisions made by other record labels. Releasing works by under-recorded veterans and deserving newcomers, Dreambox Media enables these recordings to reach a wider audience through its own website, NorthCountry Distributors,, and other outlets. Dreambox artists have played major jazz festivals and clubs all over the world, and have conducted local community workshops for students of all ages in the spirit of spreading the message of America's uniquely indigenous artform, a truly democratic music. In early 2007, Dreambox Media / Encounter Records celebrated its twentieth anniversary, coinciding with its one hundredth release.

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Phone: 856-256-4500, extension 3769