Harry Miller is a jazz pianist and composer who leads his own group "The Satisfied Souls" in concert appearances and recordings. Their newest CD release, "Jazz Beauty Supply" (Inner Ear Records), was a top selling jazz release at the independent CDBaby.com website in 2004.
During 2002 and 2003, Harry toured in trumpeter Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band, performing over 100 concerts and participating in numerous educational workshops with the veteran bandleader. During a typical concert Harry was featured as a soloist, impressing audiences in jazz clubs, concert halls, and educational facilities all across the USA.
As a freelance keyboardist on the New York City music scene, Miller's performing experience has encompassed a wide variety of contexts, including jazz, rock, funk, r & b, reggae, west African, Indian devotional chanting, church organist, cruise ships, piano bars, weddings, theatrical productions, dance, and experimental groups.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Harry was active in the midwest music scene from the ages of 15 through 18. After graduating high school he moved to Boston, enrolling at Berklee College of Music, and performing with his own band at Boston area venues. In addition, he studied briefly at The Creative Music Studio near Woodstock, NY. His most notable music teachers have included Ken Palmer, Mike Gibbs, Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Lyle Mays and Mike LeDonne.
Miller has released four recordings as a leader: "Open House", "Paradox Fossils", "Live at the Museum" and "Jazz Beauty Supply". All of the recordings feature Harry's original compositions.
A partial list of musicians Miller has performed or recorded with include: Greg Osby, Ralph Moore, Jean Toussaint, Mike Stern, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Jerome Harris, Arto Tuncboyacian, Slide Hampton, Ted Curson, Paul Motian, Phoebe Snow, Michael Urbaniak, Jeff Andrews, Cindy Blackman, DK Dyson, Allan Zavod, Jody Espina, Avi Bortnick, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ashford & Simpson, Quincy Jones, and BB Winans.
In addition to being the producer of his own recordings, Harry acted as producer (at the request of the performers) for two recordings of Native American Indian music: Louis Mofsie's "Traditional Native American Songs and Music", and The Silvercloud Singers "Pow Wow Songs".
Harry resides at an artists housing complex in New York City. He enjoys practicing piano, composing, meditation, Eastern philosophy, exercise, travel, nature, taking photographs, and visiting museums.
Read a more detailed chronological biography.
photos by Eri Sugiura 2003