ECHO Featured Composer: James Miley

Miley Publicity James Miley, recipient of the Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition, directs the program in jazz and improvisational music at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where he conducts the Willamette Jazz Collective and teaches improvisation, composition, orchestration, jazz history, music technology, and music theory. A versatile composer and pianist comfortable in both the jazz and classical idioms, he has written music for a variety of chamber and choral ensembles in addition to his work for jazz orchestra. Recent commissions include new works for the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Lawrence University, the California All-State Honor Jazz Band, and the Monterey Jazz Next Generation Festival. Along with composers Fred Sturm and Patty Darling, Miley is one of the founders of the Radiohead Jazz Project. He appears as keyboardist and principal composer with the jazz collective, Bug, whose recordings are available on Origin Records. He has also recorded and/or performed in recent years with Ron Miles, Tim Ries, the Kandinsky Trio, and fellow ECHO composer Dan Cavanagh. Dr. Miley holds degrees from Occidental College, the University of Arizona, and the University of Oregon, with additional graduate work in jazz improvisation and composition at California Institute of the arts. For more information, please visit his website at

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