Ron Miller, Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the University of Miami, received an A.A. degree from Miami-Dade Community College, a B.F.A, degree from Florida Atlantic University and a M.M. degree from the University of Miami. His compositions have been performed worldwide, including the Jamey Aebersold Camps, and have been recorded and/or performed by notables the likes of Red Rodney, Hal Galper, Gerry Bergonzi, Pat Metheny, Ira Sullivan, Stan Getz, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Billy Hart, Gary Keller, and Mark Egan and Danny Gottlieb of Elements.
Ron’s work has been published by Belwin/Columbia Pictures, Advance Music, Mission Music, and the National Association of Jazz Educators. His book, “Modal Jazz Composition and Harmony vol. 1” is in its third printing and is a required text at many schools world-wide as is “Modal Jazz Composition and Harmony vol. 2.” Ron’s book “The Music of Ron Miller,” a song book in a play-along format is special due to the inclusion of recorded improvisation demonstrations by renown jazz educator/saxophonist Jerry Coker. Mr. Miller is a featured clinician and performer at International Association of Jazz Educators Conventions and a founding member of the National Improvisational Composers Association.
Ron’s composition students have included, among others, Pat Metheny, Bobby Watson, “T” Lavitz, Bruce Hornsby, Mark Egan, Matt Harris, Carmen and Curt Lundy, and Gil Goldstein.
He has given jazz piano performances with Ira Sullivan, Allen Eager, Rick Margitza, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Egan, David Liebman, Tim Ries, and Pat Metheny, and has backed up many show business personalities as well.
Ron’s compositions can be found on the following recordings: Brooklyn Blues, Danny Gottlieb; Freedom Tower, Mike Orta; Maybeck Duets, Hal Galper; Halcyon Days, the UM Concert Jazz Band; Liberal Arts, Elements; Active Ingredient – Building Houses, the UM Fusion Ensemble; Sun Child, Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan; Gliding, Stan Samole with Elements; Solitude In A Crowd, Barry Ries with Joe Lovano; Let’s Call This That, Hal Galper with Gerry Bergonzi and Tim Hagens; Blues For The Old New Age by Gary Keller with Kenny Werner and Billy Hart and Peacock Park – The Music of Ron Miller.