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Jane Miller: Bios

Jane Miller

Jane Miller is a guitarist, composer, arranger, and author with roots in both jazz and contemporary acoustic guitar worlds. Her book Introduction To Jazz Guitar (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard, 2015) is for guitarists of all styles.  She is a Contributing Editor to Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and is a former monthly columnist for Premier Guitar Magazine. She has also written for Mel Bay publishing company’s on-line magazine, Guitar Sessions, and the Berklee Guitar Department magazine, Open Position.

 

She is a featured guitarist in noted jazz journalist Scott Yanow’s 2013 book The Great Jazz Guitarists: A Complete Guide. The Jane Miller Group has released three CDs. Her fourth CD, her first solo guitar recording, called “Three Sides To a Story,” was released in June of 2013.

 

Jane has performed solo and in duo and group settings around the United States. In addition to leading her own jazz instrumental quartet, she is in a working Chamber Jazz Trio with saxophonist Cercie Miller and bassist David Clark, for which she contributes many compositions. She has been a guest guitarist with SONiA, of disappear fear, traveling and recording with the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter.

 

Jane joined the Guitar Department Faculty at Berklee College of Music in 1994, where she is a Professor. She has contributed arrangements for solo guitar to the Guitar Department library, and has performed solo recitals and concerts with her group in the Berklee Performance Center and Recital Halls.

 

Jane is a jazz guitar instructor for jamplay.com, for whom she has recorded over 70 video lessons and does live on-camera chats for students from around the world each week.

 

Don Kirby - Drums

Don Kirby is a sought after drummer and educator. He is the author of two books,4-Way Independence on the Drum Set, and The Kirby Drum Method.
In addition to maintaining a busy freelance schedule of shows and R+B groups, Don plays regularly with the Mark Marquis group, and is a welcome presence on many jazz gigs in the New England area.

Bob Simonelli - Bass

Bob Simonelli has become one of the most active bass players on the New England jazz scene. His versatility on electric and acoustic bass has put him in the company of a diverse field of jazz musicians such as singers Rebecca Paris, Toni Ballard, and Jim Porcella, pianist Bevan Manson, guitarists Mark Marquis and Jim Kelly, and trombone virtuoso Rick Stepton.

Tim Ray - piano

Tim Ray has traveled the globe as a pianist for such diverse artists as Lyle Lovett, Jane Siberry, Mili Bermejo, Eddie Daniels, and Cercie Miller. His own recording as leader, Ideas and Opinions, is on the GM label and features the distinguished players Rufus Reid and Lewis Nash on bass and drums. His latest recording with his trio, "Tres Corda" features Eugene Friesen on cello and Greg Hopkins on trumpet.
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