Joel Miller

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Joel Miller was born in 1969 in Sackville, New Brunswick. He picked up the saxophone at the age of ten so that he could jam with his older brothers Nate and Andrew. He discovered jazz by listening to his mother’s record collection. As well he stayed up late to record Gill Archambault’s "Jazz Soliloque" on CBC Radio-Canada. While in high school he took lessons with Halifax saxophonist Don Palmer, played in the Mount Alllison University Big Band and worked with several local rock bands. In 1988, Miller moved to Montreal to attend McGill University’s music program. This led to a European tour which included an appearance in 1992 at the Guinness Jazz Festival in Ireland with the McGill Big Band. After graduating in 1993, Miller attended the Banff Jazz Workshop, where he submerged himself in the music and teachings of Kenny Wheeler, Chucho Valdés and Pat Labarbera. Miller’s career really began to take shape in 1996 when he produced his 1st album "Find a Way" (Page Music). "…His solos are supremely melodic-Think of Stan Getz, or of John Coltrane at his most wistful… a terrific debut CD" -Mark Miller, The Globe and Mail. Miller’s growing reputation as a leader with a vision first led to an invitation to perform his ambitious original works as part of the Saison Jazz 1996 concert series in Montreal and a session for CBC’s Jazz Beat. The results proved promising as Miller captivated listeners with the ingenuity of his groundbreaking compositions. Events culminated in his winning of the Grand Jazz Award at the 1997 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. Since then, Miller has had numerous concert appearances as a leader all across North America and proved to be an important voice on the international jazz scene. Miller has performed with Ingrid Jensen, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Charles Ellison, Jeff Johnston, Brad Turner, Wray Downes, Steve Amirault, Roddy Elias, Michel Lambert, Motion Ensemble and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has studied with the saxophone legend Dewey Redman and has taken part in an International composing residency at Musc/Omi in New York where he was able to collaborate with mozambique musician Ze Maria. Joel has also toured with the Christine Jensen Sextet, Thom Gossage’s Other Voices and is on several albums as a sideman including, Jensen’s two albums "Collage" (Effendi Records) and "A shorter Distance" (Effendi Records), Brian Hurley’s "Atmosphere" and Greg Amirault’s "Acadian Folk Song" (Effendi Records). His long time collaboration with Latin jazz artist Joé Armando has led to performances opening for Tito Puente, Ray Baretto, Yuli Bonaventura and Cuban son master Eliades Ochoa. Since the release of albums Playgrounds (Justin-Time Records) and …and then everything started to look different…(Effendi Records), Miller has been busy touring Canadian Jazz Festivals with his own group Playgrounds. He has collaborated with bassist Tommy Babin and his brother Nate (DJ Mercury) to form the band Sky Beneath My Feet. Joel leads the Playgrounds Orchestra, a large ensemble with strings, which premiered his piece Finding the River at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2001. He has also collaborated with up and coming saxophonist Chet Doxas to form the group Nerph.


Title Genre Level Price
Blues Trick Jazz Combo ADV $25.00
Blues Trick (Little Big Band Version) Little Big Band INT/ADV $45.00
Mark Adam Drum Jazz Combo INT/ADV $25.00
Mark Adam Drum (Little Big Band Version) Little Big Band INT/ADV $45.00
Rashers Jazz Combo INT/ADV $25.00
Rashers (Little Big Band Version) Little Big Band INT/ADV $45.00

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