Doug Miller, Bass

Doug Miller, Bass

Doug Miller has toured with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Ellington Orchestra, and Ernestine Anderson. He’s a founding member of the critically-acclaimed trio New Stories, and of Big Neighborhood, a quartet that played twenty-first century jazz by merging unusual elements in collage-like compositions that combined unusual energy with edgy improvisation. Doug is also a composer whose compositions are widely recorded, and an educator and former member of the faculty of the University of Washington, where he taught for eight years. Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Doug is a direct musical descendant of Ray Brown, the pioneering bebop musician who set the standard for jazz bass throughout the second half of the twentieth century. Doug studied classical bass at the Indiana University, studying with Murray Grodner, Eugene Levinson and Stuart Sankey. Afterwards, he moved to Indianapolis, where he worked as a full-time musician. In 1982, Doug moved to New York City, where he worked steadily for the next two and a half years, playing with Mel Lewis, appearing regularly with piano player Ram Ramirez, and working with a wide range of top players in bebop and Brazilian jazz. In 1987, Doug moved to Seattle, where he was among Seattle’s most respected bass players for 23 years, appearing in concerts, clubs, clinics and on recordings with many of the world’s leading jazz musicians. In 1988, Doug, pianist Marc Seales, and drummer John Bishop began their long musical partnership. Known as New Stories since 1989, the trio was called an “impeccable rhythm section” by JazzTimes magazine and for nearly 20 years the group produced critically acclaimed music characterized by unusual musical empathy and sensitivity. New Stories produced four recordings as a trio. The group’s most recent CD, “Hope Is In the Air: The Music of Elmo Hope,” spent four months on the JazzWeek National Airplay chart. Doug moved to Marin County in 2010. A dedicated teacher, Doug continues to pass on the tradition handed down by Ray Brown and John Clayton to a new generation of aspiring young musicians.

Doug Miller
http://dougmillermusic.com/
415-336-2959
dougmillerbass@gmail.com