Miller, Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the University of Miami,
received a B.F.A. degree from Florida Atlantic University and a M.M.
degree from the University of Miami. As a faculty member of the UM Jazz Studies Program (1974-2007), Ron taught
Jazz Composition, Advanced Improvisation, and Jazz Piano. In addition,
Ron was director the Down Beat Award winning Monk/Mingus
and Avant-garde ensembles, the Wayne/Herbie ensemble, and the Horace Silver
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 playalong 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, Phil Coady,Veigar
Margeirsson, Matt Harris, Carmen and Curt Lundy, Jon Secada, and Gil
Goldstein. He has given
jazz piano performances with Ira Sullivan, Allen Eager, James Moody,
Rick Margitza, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Egan, David Liebman, Tim Ries, and
and has backed up many show business personalities as well.
Ron's 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, Jerry Coker, Joe Lovano,
Kenny Werner, Billy Hart, Gary Keller, and Mark Egan and Danny Gottlieb
Ron's compositions can be found on the following recordings: Brooklyn
Blues, Danny Gottlieb with John Abercrombie; Freedom Tower,
Mike Orta with Gary Campbell; Seventh Sign and Halcyon
Days, the UM Concert Jazz Band; Liberal Arts , Elements; Active
Ingredients, 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; and Blues For The Old
New Age by Gary Keller with Kenny Werner and Billy Hart. Click the RECORDING link above for more info.
Ron's current activities include developing Mac software, recording, completing the Jazz Composition: The Creative Process book and of course composing, playing, and multiple RonJams.