DR. LLOYD MILLER BACKGROUND
In 1958, Miller left Iran where he had stayed for a year to travel to Beirut where he performed at main hotels and arranged music for the main jazz ensemble. He then travelled to Germany to perform at various jazz centers such as the Domicile du Jazz in Frankfurt with Peter Trunk and Albert Mangelsdorf, the Jazzkeller in Mainz with Don Ellis, Eddie Harris and Maffy Falay, in Weisbaden, Kaiserslauten, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg, Bad Nauheim and on a riverboat with Don Ellis, Eddie Harris and the US army Jazz Three musicians.
After a time in Germany, Miller went to Geneva Switzerland to study Eastern languages and play at the Cave du Hot Club and other establishments. From Switzerland, Miller travelled to Sweden where the jazz scene was quite active. There he played with Sweden's top jazzmen such as Bernt Rosengren, Lars Farnlof (Färnlöf), Lennart Jansson and arranged music for several bands including Simor Ostervald's band, all over the country including Nalen and Grönalund in Stockholm,Göteburg, Köping, Uppsala, Norrköping, Jönköping, Västerås, Gävle, Söderhamn, Sundsvall, Umeå, Hälsingborg, Malmö including several radio and folkpark appearances.
Article on Miller printed in Norway
In Burssels, Miller played at the famous Rose Noire off the Grand Place, where Guitarist Philippe Catherine sat in with IJQ and Belgium bassist Freddy Deronde joined the group, Miller also played at the Blue Note and in Liege with alro saxophonist Jaques Pelzer.
HEAR EXERPTS OF IJQ WITH
Lennart Jansson - bary sax, Lloyd Miller - piano,
Freddy DeRonde - bass, George Solano - drums
blues, (35 sec.mp3)
It's You or No One, (50 sec.mp3)
In Your Own Sweet Way, (100 sec.mp3)
Back Home in Indiana, (60 sec.mp3)
Minor Blues, (60 sec.mp3)
Dig, (55 sec.mp3)
Cherokee, (50 sec.mp3)
with guitarist Philip Catherine, (115 sec.mp3)
with alto saxist Jaques Pelzer, (130 sec.mp3)
When Miller and the Swedish jazz greats Jansson and Lundin arrived in Paris in 1959, they were an immediate success. In Paris Miller performed at all the top jazz spots and other venues such as Salle Pleyel, Salle Wagram, Théatre de l'Etoile, l'Ecole Normale de Musique, Théatre du Vieux-Colombier, the Blue Note, Mars Club, Club Saint Germain, Chat qui Pêche, Caméléon, Trois Mailletz, Caveau de la Huchette and other locations around Paris. At the famous Blue Note in Paris, Miller would be asked by jazz legend Bud Powel to sit in a set or two with jazz drumer Kenny Clark.
Eventually, Miller met the famous French jazz innovator Jef Gilson who was on the way to the top of the French jazz scene. With Miller as featured soloist on various instruments, Gilson's group became the rage in the French jazz scene in the early 1960s. With Jef Gilson, Miller toured France for the French radio (ORTF) sponsored by respected jazz DJ Andre Fancis adding to the towns where he had played before working with Gilson. The places Miller played outside of Paris included: Lille, Rouen, Cherbourg, Nancy, Bar-le-Duc, Festival de Coulombs and more.
Later in the 1970s when Miller was on a Fullbright working on his PhD dissertation in Iran, he was invited to Italy where he performed in the Adriatic resort town Milano Maritima and with Tony Scott and Romano Mussolini in Cervia.
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