Jazz pianist, composer, and producer Ben Miller was born in the Philippines, raised in Peru and upstate New York, and educated in Montreal and New York City. His reverence for jazz and classical tradition resonates in his creative explorations of contemporary harmony.
In addition to leading his own trio, Ben is a member of the Orbiting Human Circus Quartet, Jesse Collins Quartet, Taru Alexander Quartet, and several other bands. He is a former member of the Williamsburg All-Stars at the Williamsburg Music Center in Brooklyn.
Ben has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many acclaimed musicians, including Jesse Collins, Taru Alexander, Julian Koster, Hanka G, Emilio Modeste, Joseph Lepore, Tom DiCarlo, Niklas Lukassen, Miles Griffith, Stanley Banks, Kevin Dean, Adi Meyerson, Kris Monson, Ryan Sands, Josh David Barrett, Dominic Duval, Marco Cirigliano, Jake Leckie, Daryl Johns, George Delancey, and the list goes on.
Ben’s forthcoming debut trio album Feathers of Ma’at will be released on June 30, 2023 on Truth Revolution Records. It consists entirely of his own originals and features Taru Alexander on drums and Joseph Lepore on bass. He is also leading a 25-piece ensemble project of his own compositions called Dweller on the Threshold featuring fine talent from Rochester and beyond. For both projects, Ben is heavily involved in the production, from recording to mixing and mastering.
On November 17, 2023, The Orbiting Human Circus Quartet, a jazz project led by indie rock star Julian Koster, will release God’s Many Disguises on Merge Records. Ben joined this band when they recorded music for Julian’s hit fiction podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) produced by WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents.
Ben’s interest in composition and film scoring has led him into the world of digital music production and orchestration. His work as a producer, film composer, and audio engineer has been featured in podcasts such as WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents’ The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air), Wondery’s The Next Big Idea, Mensch Media’s Living Downstream, films such as Balk and Farm and Red Moon, as well as in political ads for Priorities USA.
Performances and residencies
Smalls Jazz Club, Williamsburg Music Center, Shrine World Music Venue, 55 Bar, The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, Rue B, Anyway Cafe, Tomi Jazz, Legion Bar, Tsion Cafe, Greenfield Hall, Troost Bar, Miller Hall, Denise Bibro Fine Art, The Red Room at KGB Bar, Ronald McDonald House, New York Athletic Club, Neidorff-Karpati Hall (New York City); Maison de la culture Maisonneuve, Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill, Pollack Hall, L’Absynthe, Solin Hall, Tanna Schulich Hall, Gert’s Bar, Molson Hall, Redpath Hall (Montréal); L’Angelus (Montpellier, France); Flour City Station, RIT City Art Space, The French Quarter, Parcel 5, Exotic Roots Hydro, the Little Theater, U of R Audio Engineering Lab, Bar Abilene (Rochester, NY); Zebu Club at ILRI (Nairobi, Kenya); Bezanson Recital Hall,(Amherst, MA); Daños Heuriger, Lodi Historical Society (Lodi, NY); Geneva Country Club (Geneva, NY); WMC North Jazz Lounge (Elmira, NY); Bailey Hall, Community School of Music and Arts, The Warehouse at Argos, The Dock, The Kitchen Theater, Ithaca Commons Main Stage, Buffalo Street Bistro, The History Center, Corks and More, Willard Straight Hall, Collegetown Bagels, Agava, The Carriage House Loft, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, The Range, Hockett Recital Hall, Longview, The Shop, The Hangar Theater, Moosewood, Monks on the Commons, Lot 10, The Lost Dog, Kulp Auditorium (Ithaca, NY); Funk N’ Waffles, Al’s Wine and Whiskey Lounge (Syracuse, NY); Sterling Stage (Sterling, NY); Seneca Falls Heritage and Tourism Center, Damiani Wine Cellars (Burdett, NY); Brookton Market, Brooktondale Community Center; (Brooktondale, NY); Lafayette Park (Watkins Glen, NY); Mill House Market, Grindstone Farms (Pulaski, NY); and many other venues, restaurants, bars, wineries, clubs, art galleries, private functions, etc.
Festivals and shows
Sterling Stage Festival, Cornell Summer Concert Series, Crossing Borders Live, Apple Harvest Festival, Ithaca Festival, Newark Backyard BBQ Series, McGill University Battle of the Bands (member of winning band Busty and the Bass), Arch Ballet Pointe in Motion World Premier, Young at Art, Williamsburg All-Stars at WMC, Rob Ingram and Friends (prod by Exotic Roots and Flour City Station), Ithaca All-Star Jazz Invitational, Jazz in July @ UMass Amherst, Porchfest, Ithaca Teen Cabaret, The Fabulous Fable Factory, Kevin Dean’s Next Generation, and various dance, cabaret, and theatrical productions.
Manhattan School of Music (Harlem, NY)
Masters Degree in Jazz Performance
McGill University Schulich School of Music (Montréal, QC)
Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance
Check out Ben’s studio Third Motion Studios!
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