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Kent Miller


Bassist Kent Miller, a graduate of Rockhurst University, also attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music. After returning to St. Louis, Miller enrolled in the St. Louis Conservatory of Music for continued music studies. He began private bass studies with Warren Claunch of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and with Wendell Marshall (former Duke Ellington bassist); enrollment into the legendary George Hudson Big Band soon followed.

In 1984 Miller moved to New York and was recruited by Vanguard recording artist trumpeter Dave Burns. Miller continued his bass studies with bassist Rufus Reid and Ray Drummond and in later years with bassist Ron Carter.

He has performed with the Brooklyn based Ray Abrams big band, Carl Allen, Chico Hamilton, Percy Brice, Jimmy Lovelace, Clifford Barbaro, Lynne Arriale, Eddie Gladden, George Coleman Jr., John Hicks, Eric Person, Bill Saxton, Talieb Kibwe, James Wiedman and many others.

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Video 8/29/2019: East River Jazz Collective

August 29, 2019 is the 99th anniversary of the 1920 birth of saxophonist and composer Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, the innovative creator of Bebop and straight-ahead jazz. East River Jazz Collective – In the Spirit of Bird, performed by The Kent Miller Quartet, offers unique ensembles and interpretations of Charlie Parker’s compositions as well as original music of their own.

Kent Miller