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Doug Miller (2013)

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Bassist Doug Miller was born in Bloomington, Indiana. His first instrument, in sixth grade, was the trumpet, to be followed by electric bass. It was in 10th grade that he first heard Ray Brown protégé John Clayton, then a student at Indiana University.

Doug studied with John, and followed him to IU, where he studied classical bass, later moving first to Indianapolis as a full-time musician, and then on to New York City. There he worked continuously for two-and-a-half years, playing with Mel Lewis and Ram Ramirez, among others.

In 1987, Doug moved to Seattle, and was soon immersed in that scene. The following year, he formed a wonderful musical partnership with Mark Seales and John Bishop. Known as "New Stories", over a 20-year period they produced some magic.

Doug moved to the Bay Area in 2010, and, just as when he'd moved to Seattle two decades earlier, he soon became much in demand here. He's also a dedicated teacher, continuing to pass on the tradition of swinging bass players such as Ray Brown and John Clayton.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Miles Davis E.S.P E.S.P. Columbia
# 2 John Coltrane Live at Birdland Afro-Blue Impulse
# 3 Oscar Peterson We Get Requests You Look Good to Me Verve
# 4 Count Basie Count Basie and His Orchestra Swingin' the Blues Decca
# 5 Tony Bennett and Bill Evans The Tony Bennett-Bill Evans Album When in Rome Fantasy
# 6 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra … And His Mother Called Him Bill Raincheck RCA
# 7 Nancy King, Steve Christofferson and the Metropole Orchestra Straight Into Your Heart Love Is What Makes Us All One Mons Records
# 8 Dave Holland Global Citizen Billows of Rhythm ECM
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