Timothy Lee Miller/composer

Hot Miami Nights and On An Autumn Day, "ABRAZO: The Havana Sessions" Members of Irakere, Ansonica Records (AR0001), June 2016.

Includes music by Beck, Bourland, Bowyer, Brandman, Carollo, Miller, Mobley, Murray

First solo CD project with the help of PARMA Recordings features seven jazz quintets and one octet written between 1989 and 2017. Recorded in North Carolina and New York City. Ansonica Records (AR0006), March 2018.

In November 2015, Timothy Miller was part of the PARMA Recordings venture to Havana, Cuba to record the music of eight composers with musicians in Havana under the People to People humanitarian program. Most of the music recorded was jazz, and two of Miller's big band pieces, Hot Miami Nights (see video above) and On An Autumn Day, were recorded and released on the two-disc set ABRAZO: The Havana Sessions (right) along side music by the seven other composers. The CD to date has received worldwide critical acclaim and was in consideration for a Grammy nomination in 2016. The trip presented the opportunity for the composers to be among the first American composers to travel to Cuba since the US government eased travel restrictions to the country.

In 2016 Miller began writing several small combo pieces that became the basis for his debut solo jazz album SOMETHING MORE (bottom right), an album of eight original  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 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.

To explore Miller's vast catalog of big band and small combo jazz music, click the tabs above in the sub-bar (Big Band Music and Small Combo Music). For any questions about his music, or to discuss commissioning or collaborating on a new work or performing any of his music, you may contact him directly at tlmillmus@gmail.com. To learn more about Timothy Miller and his music career, click on the article below.

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