—Philadelphia jazz percussionist, composer, recording artist, music journalist, and jazz educator—will be named a “Jazz Hero” by the Jazz Journalists Association on April 15th. The ceremony honoring this jazz icon will take place at LaRose Supper Club
, 5531 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, during an evening’s performance by saxophonist Tony Williams, from 6 to 9 p.m. Information: 215-517-8337.
Each year, the Jazz Journalists Association gives its “Jazz Hero” awards to those whose exemplary work" keeps Jazz alive and well in their communities. Miller now deservedly joins the ranks of those recognized in a city that has been home to some of the greatest drummers in jazz history. He is an exploratory, sometimes explosive, always creative and cutting-edge artist. And he’s been at it since the age of 12, first studying with a percussionist from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. By 1970, he was playing fortuitously with legends like multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan
. Seven years later, he made Philadelphia his home and became leader/co-founder of the ground-breaking “electro-jazz” group Reverie. With Reverie, Miller began Dreambox Media
, the Philadelphia jazz record label. In its 25 years, the record label has released more than 100 albums. And as a player, Jim Miller has continued to explore new territory, working with everyone from Anita O'Day
and Buddy DeFranco
, to Reggie Workman
and Larry Coryell
. As a teacher, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Advanced Drum Set Study at Rowan University since 1998, and participated in a 20-week Children's Music Workshop series for (Cousin Mary’s) John Coltrane Cultural Society, sponsored by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. He's a contributing writer for Jazz Times, and also serves as a Jazz Bridge board member.
Jim Miller. A jazz hero, indeed.
Jim Miller is available for interviews: 267.250.8506