Doug MillerProfessional music has been a huge part of my life since the early 1970’s, in the San Joaquin Valley and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  Over the years I have had the good fortune to perform with many notables in jazz and pop circles, including Tom Harrell, Bill Watrous, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lew Tabackin, Mary Wells, The Coasters, The Four Freshmen, Clare Fisher, Tower of Power, and Ed Shaughnessy. 

I started playing sax when I was nine, and always enjoyed the “Big Band” sound. In college I performed with the Stanford Jazz Band, the Men’s Glee Club, and the notorious Stanford Marching Band. I’ve played with some great local groups as well—The DeAnza Daddios, The LyraTones, The Johnny Lampson Band, Tuesday Night Live, The Joe Ferrari Big Band, and The Swing Solution Big Band

Of course my influences over the years have been many. At one point I studied privately with the legendary Bay Area jazz guitarist Warren Nunes. I also explored jazz composition for a short time, and played with the DeAnza College Jazz Band under Herb Patnoe’s leadership. Stylistically I reached a turning point in the mid ’60s when I first heard recordings by Paul Desmond and Stan Getz. I became a devotee of the so-called West Coast “Cool” School of jazz saxophone and players like Lennie Niehaus, Art Pepper, and Lee Konitz.

We’re in Silicon Valley, after all, so it may not come as a much of a surprise that I’m a software engineer and program manager by day! BUT it’s music that I have a true passion for, and I look forward to committing much more of my time to jazz music—practice and performance—in the years ahead.

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