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Thanks for visiting my website. It was designed by Charley Clinkenbeard. It has my biography, discography, mp3's, an extensive photo gallery, clinic/lesson information and a series of articles that I've written on Freddie Hubbard, Booker Little, Freddie Webster, 50 Essential Jazz Trumpet Recordings, 50 Essential Big Band Recordings and a Complete Jazz Trumpet History. I will be updating the site frequently with new articles and transcriptions. Thanks.

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e-mail: dan@danmillerjazz.com




News 2016 - 2017


2016 - 2017 ALL THAT JAZZ SERIES at ARTIS - Naples
November 2016 - May 2017
After the great success of the last six seasons sold out series, the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra returns for it's seventh season with an amazing lineup of internationally acclaimed guest stars.

THE NAPLES PHILHARMONIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Come hear the finest live jazz music in the region as the all-star Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra headlines this new series in the intimate setting of Daniels Pavilion. Each concert in All That Jazz will feature an esteemed special guest artist. Eight exciting programs (16 concerts) showcasing a variety of great jazz music!

The Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra is:
Glenn Basham (coordinator and violin)
Lew Del Gatto (artistic director, co-bandleader and tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (co-bandleader and piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)

ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
ARTIS - Naples website

Subscription Information for The Naples Philaharmonic Jazz Orchestra's All That Jazz Series

Each ALL THAT JAZZ event will have two nightly shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

11.02.16 Trumpeter Wallace Roney
Tickets and Info for Wallace Roney @ ARTIS - Naples

11.16.16 Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon
Tickets and Info for Wycliffe Gordon @ ARTIS - Naples

12.14.16 Vocalist Kenny Washington
Tickets and Info for Kenny Washington @ ARTIS - Naples

1.04.17 Guitarist Martin Taylor
Tickets and Info for Martin Taylor @ ARTIS - Naples

2.15.17 Alto Saxophonist George Young
Tickets and Info for George Young @ ARTIS - Naples

3.08.17 Violinist Benjamin Schmid
Tickets and Info for Benjamin Schmid @ ARTIS - Naples

4.05.17 Tenor Saxophonist Eric Alexander
Tickets and Info for Eric Alexander @ ARTIS - Naples

4.26.17 The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim
Tickets and Info for The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim @ ARTIS - Naples






The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet at The Barrel Room in Downtown Fort Myers
Every Thursday Night starting June 2016
Lew Del Gatto and I are returning to downtown Fort Myers to play a regular weekly gig for the first time since 2012. We are going to playing at The Barrel Room at The Twisted Vine Bistro on Bay Street Thursday nights from 7-10 pm starting June 23rd. Steve and Denise Hollister have built a beautiful music venue next to their Twisted Vine Bistro that has featured blues music on Fridays and Saturdays. They now want to have jazz music on Thursdays and we look forward to swinging out there and playing hard!

The group features Lew and I with the great drummer from Philadelphia Tony Vigilante and a wonderfully swinging bassist that is new to SW Florida, Brandon Robertson. Brandon has just graduated with a masters degree from Florida State and will be an adjunct professor teaching jazz studies at FGCU. He has also been playing with the Count Basie Orchestra.

This will be swinging tough!

Here's a link to great article about our July 21st gig by Ken Franckling. Ken is a world-class jazz journalist and photographer who contributes regularly to Jazz Times and has recently published a beautiful collection of his photographs entitled Jazz in the Key of Light featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.

Ken Franckling's article on the July 21, 2016 performance of the Dan Miller Quartet at The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro






The Dan Miller Quartet at The Roadhouse
Every Tuesday Night starting October 11, 2016
We look forward to returning to The Roadhouse Cafe in Fort Myers starting on October 11, 2016 after a summer hiatus. We have played there from September 2012 to April 2016 and will be playing there every Tuesday night this upcoming season. The group features Joe Delaney (piano), Don Mopsick (bass) and Tony Vigilante (drums). Marc and Sheri Neeley and Lynda Colombo have a beautiful restaurant and jazz club that features the cooking of Chef Bryan Baker and a great, full bar. Sheri and Lynda's father was the wonderful jazz trumpeter Lou Columbo and they love and support jazz music, featuring live music seven nights a week. It is a great place for music and it will be swinging!

The Roadhouse Cafe
Every Tuesday
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website






The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Orchestra
Plays the Duke Ellington - Billy Strayhorn Arrangements of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite

North Naples United Methodist Church
December 5, 2016
Dan Miller and Lew Del Gatto bring together an All-Star Big Band for a special evening of swinging music on Monday December 5th at the North Naples United Methodist Church. They will be playing the music of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite as arranged by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn and recorded by the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1960. This is a work of breathtaking scope and it is both highly nuanced and incredibly swinging. The second half of the concert will be a Jazz at the Philharmonic-style jam session featuring many of the world-class soloists from the Big Band. This group with feature some of the finest jazz musicians from all over Florida including saxophonists Lew Del Gatto, Jeff Rupert, Gerald Augustin, Craig Christman, trumpeters Dave Pruyn, Mike Santiago, Mark Pettey, trombonists Dante Luciani, Herb Bruce and a very swinging rhythm section of pianist Jerry Stawski, bassist Don Mopsick and drummer Tony Vigilante.

The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Orchestra
Dan Miller (Musical Director and trumpet)
Jeff Rupert (alto saxophone)
Craig Christman (alto saxophone and clarinet)
Lew Del Gatto and Gerald Augustin (tenor saxophones)
Mike Santiago, Mark Pettey, Dave Pruyn and Steve DeLadurantey (trumpets)
Herb Bruce, Dante Luciani, Jeremiah St.John, Adren Hance (trombones)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
Showtime: 7:00 p.m.
North Naples United Methodist Church
6000 Goodlette-Frank Road
Naples, FL 34109-7206

NNUMC website






The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet
Plays the Music of Harold Arlen

Art League of Bonita Springs
January 14, 2017
Join Dan Miller and Lew Del Gatto as they celebrate the genius and music of Harold Arlen. Harold Arlen was one of the greatest songwriters of the Twentieth Century. The music that he composed for the Broadway Stage and the Hollywood Screen (including The Wizard of Oz) became an integral part of the Great American Songbook, loved by musicians, singers and audiences alike. The music he wrote with lyricist Johnny Mercer was closely associated with Frank Sinatra. The program will include such favorites as Over The Rainbow, My Shining Hour, Come Rain Or Come Shine, Get Happy, Out Of This World, Let's Fall In Love, That Old Black Magic, Blues In The Night, Sleepin' Bee and This Time The Dream's On Me.

Trumpeter Dan Miller built his reputation touring and recording with Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman. He brings together a tremendous group of musicians for an evening of hard swinging acoustic jazz music including legendary tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto (Saturday Night Live Band 1975-2005 & Frank Sinatra), pianist Joe Delaney, bassist Don Mopsick and drummer-vocalist Patricia Dean.

Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Patricia Dean (drums and vocals)
Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
Concert 8:00 p.m.
Hinman Auditorium
10150 Bonita Beach Road SE
The corner of Bonita Beach Road and Vermont Street
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
info & tickets call 239-495-8989
Tickets: $25 Member / $30 Non-Member / $35 Door

Bonita Art League website






Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet
Featuring the Sensational Jazz Vocalist Veronica Swift

The Sidney Berne Davis Art Center
January 27, 2017
The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center is proud to welcome one of the brightest new stars in jazz, NYC vocalist Veronica Swift, for a special evening of music on Friday January 27th, 2017. Veronica Swift, age 22, is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. Following that she was asked to do a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City in March of 2016. In April of 2016, she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne.

Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 for “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Veronica has been on tour with her parents, renowned jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and celebrated jazz singer and educator/author Stephanie Nakasian. She has appeared on stage with Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Bob Dorough, Kim Nazarian, Danilo Perez, and others. With her family she has appeared at The Great Waters Music Festival in NH, Blues Alley Jazz Club in DC, the Jazz Standard in NYC, the jazz cruise, and for the NJ and Hilton Head Jazz Societies.

Veronica will be joined by the Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quinet. NYC jazz trumpeter Dan Miller built his reputation touring and recording with Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman. He brings together a tremendous group of musicians for an evening of hard swinging acoustic jazz music including legendary tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto (Saturday Night Live Band 1975-2005 & Frank Sinatra), pianist Joe Delaney, bassist Don Mopsick and drummer Tony Vigilante.

Dan Miller says, "I met Veronica Swift in 2014 when she and her parents, Hod O'Brien and Stephanie Nakasian, came down and played the whole night with my quartet at The Roadhouse Cafe in Fort Myers and then again this year at the University of Central Florida's Jazz Festival in Orlando. Her performance was incendiary! I was stunned at the depth of swing and soulfulness she possesses. She is a wonderful new artist who brings her love of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O'Day, Peggy Lee and Charlie Parker to the stage each and every night combined with her own unique style. She is poised to become one of the shining stars of this music. If you love jazz vocals you won't want to miss her performance."

Veronica Swift website

Here's a clip of Veronica Swift singing You Don't Know What Love Is:
Veronica Swift sings You Don't Know What Love Is

The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet featuring guest vocalist Veronica Swift
Veronica Swift (vocals)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
Showtime: 8:00 p.m.
The Sidney Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-1933
SBDAC website with Ticket and Venue Information






The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto All Stars
Swing In The Afternoon

North Naples United Methodist Church
January 29, 2017
Dan Miller and Lew Del Gatto are joined by an All-Star group of friends for a special afternon of swinging jazz music on Sunday January 29th at the North Naples United Methodist Church including Violinist Glenn Basham (Concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic), Kevin Mauldin (Principal Bassist of the Naples Philharmonic), the spectacular trombonist Herb Bruce (Nashville Brass and The Jack Daniels Silver Cornet Band), Jerry Stawski (Co-Leader of the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra) and the incredibly swinging drummer and vocalist Patricia Dean.

The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto All Stars
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Glenn Basham (violin)
Herb Bruce (trombone)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Patricia Dean (drums and vocals)
Showtime: 4:00 p.m.
North Naples United Methodist Church
6000 Goodlette-Frank Road
Naples, FL 34109-7206

NNUMC website






The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet
Naples Botanical Gardens Jazz Series

Naples Botanical Gardens
March 12, 2017
The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto returns to the Naples Botanical Gardens for an afternoon concert in one of the most beautiful settings for music in Florida. This is a gorgeous place and truly one of Southwest Florida's great treasures.

The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Patricia Dean (drums and vocals)
Concert: 2:00 p.m.
Naples Botanical Gardens
4820 Bayshore Drive
Naples, FL 34112
(239) 643-7275
Naples Botanical Gardens website






THE NAPLES PHILHARMONIC YOUTH JAZZ ORCHRSTRA @ ARTIS - Naples
September 7, 2016 - May 31, 2017
After a highly successful first season, which ran from January to May 2016, ARTIS - Naples has decided to expand the second season of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra (of which I am the director) to run from September 2016 to May 2017. This mirrors the year-long schedule of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Youth Chorus and Youth Symphonia. The founding producer of the "All That Jazz" series at Artis-Naples, Luciano Morello, always envisioned a jazz education program to accompany the concert series. That vision was realized with the launching of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra starting January 20th, 2016.

The Youth Jazz Orchestra rehearsals focused on learning the repertoire and small group arrangements of the great jazz masters including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. The first season dealt exclusively with improvisation and small group playing, but the second season will additionally incorporate large ensemble playing, This would allow the students to play and study the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. The rehearsals also include the study of music theory and jazz improvisation taught by myself, as well as small group arranging techniques taught by Lew Del Gatto. Group members will transcribe and rehearse the original arrangements of the jazz masters off of the original recordings and they would be encouraged to compose and arrange their own original jazz music.

The students will practice and rehearse two hours each week and play concerts throughout the season.

Thanks to CEO and President Kathleen Van Bergen, Vice President of Artistic Operations David Filner, Director of Education and Community Partnerships Bonnie Thayer and Youth Ensembles Coordinator Meagan McDevitt for all they do for youth education.

12.07.16 The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra Winter Concert
Dan Miller (Director)
Featuring guest soloists Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone) and Glenn Basham (violin)
Concert: 7:00 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
Daniels Pavilion
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
239-415-4375

2.12.17 The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra NUCC Concert
Dan Miller (Director)
Featuring guest soloists Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone) and Glenn Basham (violin)
Concert: 3:00 p.m.
Naples United Church of Christ
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103

5.24.16 The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra Spring Concert
Dan Miller (Director)
Featuring guest soloists Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone) and Glenn Basham (violin)
Concert: 7:00 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
Daniels Pavilion
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
239-415-4375

An Article on the Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra from the ARTIS - Naples program

The NPYJO webpage on the ARTIS - Naples website

The ARTIS - Naples website with Ticket Information






Dan Miller Jazz Seminars at The University of Central Florida
2016 - 2017 will mark my third year as an Artist-in-Residence for the UCF School of Music and the Jazz Department under the directon of Jeff Rupert. I look forward to building on all the work the students accomplished the last two years.

Fall Semester 2016 - Spring Semester 2017
I am excited to announce that I will be doing a series of five (5) seminars and clinics at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida this Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. I look forward to working with the students and the world-class faculty including Jeff Rupert, Marty Morell, Richard Drexler, Per Danielsson, Bobby Koelble, Michael Wilkinson and John Almeida.

  • Freshman Jazz Lines Seminar: The concepts of Barry Harris (utilizing the 7th scale) and learning to improvise through the study of the music of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

  • Working with the Jazz Trumpet Majors on Styles and Analysis

  • UCF Flying Horse Big Band Trumpet Sectional

Fall Semester 2016
August 26th, August 27th (Florida HS All-State Preparation Clinic), September 16th, October 14th, November 18th

Spring Semester 2017
February 3rd, February 24th, March 3rd, March 25th (UCF Jazz Festival), March 31st

University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-2869
Info: University of Central Florida Jazz website






The Gulf Coast Big Band
The 2016-2017 season will be my fifth as the Musical Director and Conductor for the Gulf Coast Big Band. The Gulf Coast Big Band is a community group and a non-profit organization that not only plays jazz music and provides free monthly concerts to the music fans of Naples and Collier County, but for over the last twenty years has raised and awarded over $80,000.00 in youth music scholarships to benefit student musicians of Collier County.

We will have six swinging Sunday afternoon concerts, each held at 2:00 p.m. in Cambier Park which is located in beautiful downtown Naples, Florida.

November 6, 2016
December 11, 2016
January 22, 2017
February 26, 2017
March 19, 2017
April 9, 2017

We will be playing the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Tadd Dameron and all of the great bands.

More information: The Gulf Coast Big Band website






Calendar 2016 - 2017


May 2016


5.2.16 - 5.3.16 Dan Miller with Plant City HS Jazz Band
Clinics and Concert with the Plant City HS Jazz Band

Joshua Blair (director)
May 2nd: Clinics 3:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
May 3rd: Clinics 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Concert @ 7:00 p.m.
Plant City HS
1 Raider Place
Plant City, FL 33563
Plant City HS Band website
Thanks to the Yamaha Corporation of America for Clinic Support

5.04.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #12: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
Studio 9
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
ARTIS - Naples website

5.10.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
The NPYJO Debut Concert

Dan Miller (director and trumpet)
with special guests:
Glenn Basham (violin)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Concert: 7:00 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
Tickets and Info for The NPYJO Debut Concert @ ARTIS - Naples

5.11.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
The NPJO Plays The Music of Horace Silver

Glenn Basham (violin)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Two Shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
Tickets and Info for The NPJO Plays The Music of Horace Silver @ ARTIS - Naples


5.12.16 - 5.14.16 Dan Miller Clinic and Jazz Concert
A Special Night of Jazz XI
Uvalde High School (SW of San Antonio, TX)

Darren McCarty (director and saxophone)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Russell Haight (tenor saxophone)
Gil Garza (trombone)
Chris Villanueva (piano)
Tom Bethke (guitar)
Dave Zarlenga (drums)
Jim Kalson (bass)
Tyra Juliette (vocals)
May 12: Clinics
May 13: Clinics
May 14: Concert @ 7:00 p.m.
Uvalde High School
1 Coyote Trail
Uvalde, TX 78801
(830) 591-2950
Thanks to the Yamaha Corporation of America for Clinic Support

5.16.16 - 5.19.16 Dan Miller Clinic and Jazz Concert
Ector County ISD's Fine Arts For Kids Program
Ector County ISD (Odessa, TX)

Mark Lyon (director and trombone)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Paul Stephens (trumpet)
Russell Haight (tenor saxophone)
Dave Siegel (piano)
Tom Bethke (guitar)
Dave Zarlenga (drums)
Derek Frank (bass)
Tyra Juliette (vocals)
May 16th: Ector MS
May 17th: Bonham MS
May 18th: Permian HS
Odessa, TX 79762
Thanks to the Yamaha Corporation of America for Clinic Support

5.25.16 Dan Miller with Bill Buchman's Art of Jazz
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Bill Buchman (piano)
Victor Hugo Rodriguez Morcano (bass)
Bennet Campoverde (congas)
7:00 p.m.
The Blue Rooster
1525 4th Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 388-7539
The Blue Rooster in Sarasota



June 2016


6.13.16 - 6.16.16 The Village School Jazz Camp Week One
The Village School
6000 Goodlette Road
Naples, FL 34109
For more information contact Steve DeLadurantey at 239-593-7600 ext 209
e-mail for Director Steve Deladurantey: steved@nnumc.org
Village School Summer Jazz Camp Info and Application

6.20.16 - 6.23.16 The Village School Jazz Camp Week Two
The Village School
6000 Goodlette Road
Naples, FL 34109
For more information contact Steve DeLadurantey at 239-593-7600 ext 209
e-mail for Director Steve Deladurantey: steved@nnumc.org
Village School Summer Jazz Camp Info and Application

6.23.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

6.30.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro


July 2016


7.07.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Paul Gavin (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

7.10.16 - 7.15.16 The University of Northern Colorado Jazz Camp
Designed to be intensive, challenging, and inspiring, the UNC Jazz Camp is led by faculty from the University of Northern Colorado and special guests Don Aliquo, Julia Dollison, and Paul McKee. Be a part of student big bands, combos, vocal jazz ensembles, jazz master classes, jazz theory and listening classes, student jam sessions, nightly faculty group concerts, and a special performance by the Colorado Jazz Orchestra.
Faculty includes:
Paul McKee (trombone)
Don Aliquo (tenor saxophone)
Dana Landry (piano)
Steve Kovalcheck (guitar)
Erik Applegate (bass)
Jim White (drums)
Julia Dollison (vocals)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
When: July 10-15, 2016
Where: University of Northern Colorado campus
Contact: Amy Murphy, (970) 351-2394
Tuition: $385
Room and Board: $280
UNC College of Performing and Visual Arts
501 20th Street
Greeley, CO 32816
970-351-2398
Info: University of Northern Colorado Jazz Camp website

7.21.16 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Gerald Augustin (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

7.28.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro


August 2016


8.04.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

8.11.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

8.24.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

8.25.16 Dan Miller - University of Central Florida Jazz Seminar #1 Fall 2016
University of Central Florida
Jazz Trumpet Majors Styles and Analysis 11:30 a.m.
UCF Flying Horse Big Band Trumpet Sectional 12:30 p.m.
Freshman Jazz Lines Seminar 1:30 p.m.
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-2869
Info: University of Central Florida Jazz website

8.26.16 Dan Miller - University of Central Florida HS All-State Jazz Preparation
University of Central Florida
Improvisation Clinic TBA
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-2869
Info: University of Central Florida Jazz website



September 2016


9.01.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

9.07.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Auditions: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
Hayes Hall Stage
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

9.08.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Ron Hefner (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

9.14.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #1: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

9.15.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

9.16.16 Dan Miller - University of Central Florida Jazz Seminar #2 Fall 2016
University of Central Florida
Jazz Trumpet Majors Styles and Analysis 11:30 a.m.
UCF Flying Horse Big Band Trumpet Sectional 12:30 p.m.
Freshman Jazz Lines Seminar 1:30 p.m.
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-2869
Info: University of Central Florida Jazz website

9.21.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #2: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

9.26.16 - 9.27.16 Dan Miller Clinic @ The University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Scott Belck (Director of Jazz Studies)
September 26th
Improvisation Seminar 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Big Band Rehearsal 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Trumpet Workshop 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Gig at The Greenwich T.B.A.
September 27th
Schedule T.B.D.
The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, OH 45221
513-556-6638
The University of Cincinnati College_Conservatory of Music Jazz Studies website
Thanks to the Yamaha Corporation of America for Clinic Support


9.28.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #3: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

9.29.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro



October 2016


10.01.16 The Don Mopsick Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Patricia Dean (drums)
Slate's Side Door Jazz Club
7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
4820 Candia Road
Cape Coral, FL 33904
239-540-6800
The Slate's Side Door Jazz Club website

10.05.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #4: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

10.06.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

10.11.16 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

10.12.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

10.13.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

10.14.16 Dan Miller - University of Central Florida Jazz Seminar #3 Fall 2016
University of Central Florida
Jazz Trumpet Majors Styles and Analysis 11:30 a.m.
UCF Flying Horse Big Band Trumpet Sectional 12:30 p.m.
Freshman Jazz Lines Seminar 1:30 p.m.
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-2869
Info: University of Central Florida Jazz website

10.18.16 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

10.19.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #5: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

10.20.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

10.21.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
George & Wendy's Sanibel Seafood Grille
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
2499 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957
239-395-1263
The Sanibel Seafood Grille website

10.25.16 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

10.26.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #6: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

10.27.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro


November 2016


11.01.16 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

11.02.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
Featuring guest artist trumpeter Wallace Roney

Glenn Basham (violin)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Two Shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
Tickets and Info for Wallace Roney @ ARTIS - Naples

11.03.16 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Dan Heck (guitar)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

11.05.16 The Dan Miller - Glenn Basham Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Glenn Basham (violin)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Patricia Dean (drums)
George & Wendy's Sanibel Seafood Grille
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
2499 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957
239-395-1263
The Sanibel Seafood Grille website

11.06.16 Dan Miller with The Gulf Coast Big Band
The Gulf Coast Big Band: Concert #1

Dan Miller (Musical Director and Conductor)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cambier Park
Park Street
Naples, FL 34102
The Cambier Park website

11.08.16 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

11.09.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #7: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

11.10.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

11.15.16 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

11.16.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
Featuring guest artist trombonist Wycliffe Gordon

Glenn Basham (violin)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Two Shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
Tickets and Info for Wycliffe Gordon @ ARTIS - Naples

11.17.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Dan Heck (bass)
Charles Camisa Jr. (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

11.18.16 Dan Miller - University of Central Florida Jazz Seminar #4 Fall 2016
University of Central Florida
Jazz Trumpet Majors Styles and Analysis 11:30 a.m.
UCF Flying Horse Big Band Trumpet Sectional 12:30 p.m.
Freshman Jazz Lines Seminar 1:30 p.m.
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-2869
Info: University of Central Florida Jazz website

11.22.16 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

11.26.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
George & Wendy's Sanibel Seafood Grille
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
2499 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957
239-395-1263
The Sanibel Seafood Grille website

11.29.16 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

11.30.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #8: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage


December 2016


12.01.16 The Dan Miller - Dan Heck Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Dan Heck (guitar)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

12.03.16 The Dan Miller - Dan Heck Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Dan Heck (guitar)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
George & Wendy's Sanibel Seafood Grille
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
2499 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957
239-395-1263
The Sanibel Seafood Grille website

12.05.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Orchestra
Plays the Duke Ellington - Billy Strayhorn Nutcracker Suite

Dan Miller (Musical Director and trumpet)
Jeff Rupert (alto saxophone)
Craig Christman (alto saxophone and clarinet)
Lew Del Gatto and Gerald Augustin (tenor saxophones)
Gerald Augustin (tenor saxophone)
Mike Brignola (baritone saxophone)
Jack Wengrosky, Mike Santiago, Mark Pettey, Dan Miller and Steve DeLadurantey (trumpets)
Dante Luciani, Herb Bruce, Jeremiah St.John, Adren Hance (trombones)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
Concert: 7:00 p.m.
North Naples United Methodist Church
6000 Goodlette-Frank Road
Naples, FL 34109-7206
Ticket available:
Purchase Tickets on Event Brite

12.06.16 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

12.07.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Winter Concert

Featuring guest soloists Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone) and Glenn Basham (violin)
Dan Miller (Director)
Concert: 7:00 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
Daniels Pavilion
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
ARTIS - Naples website

12.08.16 The Dan Miller - Dan Heck Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Dan Heck (guitar)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

12.11.16 Dan Miller with The Gulf Coast Big Band
The Gulf Coast Big Band: Concert #2

Dan Miller (Musical Director and Conductor)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cambier Park
Park Street
Naples, FL 34102
The Cambier Park website

12.13.16 The Dan Miller Quartet with guest vocalist Stephanie Nakasian
Stephanie Nakasian (vocals)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

12.14.16 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
Featuring guest artist vocalist Kenny Washington

Glenn Basham (violin)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Two Shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
Tickets and Info for Kenny Washington @ ARTIS - Naples

12.15.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

12.20.16 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Ron Hefner (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

12.22.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Aurora Wells (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

12.27.16 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

12.29.16 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

12.31.16 NEW YEARS EVE @ Artis-Naples with the Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
A Viennese New Year's Eve featuring the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra

Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Ron Hefner (drums)
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
Tickets and Info for NEW YEARS EVE @ ARTIS - Naples



January 2017


1.04.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
Featuring guest artist guitarist Martin Taylor

Glenn Basham (violin)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Two Shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
Tickets and Info for Martin Taylor @ ARTIS - Naples

1.06.17 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
George & Wendy's Sanibel Seafood Grille
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
2499 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957
239-395-1263
The Sanibel Seafood Grille website

1.10.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

1.11.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra and The UCF Flying Horse Big Band
Dan Miller (Director, NPYJO)
Jeff Rupert (Director, UCF)
Rehearsal #9 & Clinic: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:00 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

1.12.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Jeremiah St.John (trombone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

1.14.17 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet Plays the Music of Harold Arlen
The Art League of Bonita Springs

Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Patricia Dean (drums and vocals)
Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
Concert 8:00 p.m.
MOE Auditorium
10150 Bonita Beach Road SE
The corner of Bonita Beach Road and Vermont Street
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
info & tickets call 239-495-8989
Tickets: $25 Member / $30 Non-Member / $35 Door
Bonita Art League website

1.17.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

1.18.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #10: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

1.19.17 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Dan Heck (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

1.22.17 Dan Miller with The Gulf Coast Big Band
The Gulf Coast Big Band: Concert #3

Dan Miller (Musical Director and Conductor)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cambier Park
Park Street
Naples, FL 34102
The Cambier Park website

1.24.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

1.25.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #11: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

1.26.17 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

1.27.17 Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet featuring guest vocalist Veronica Swift
Veronica Swift (vocals)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
Showtime: 8:00 p.m.
The Sidney Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-1933
Veronica Swift website
SBDAC website with Ticket and Venue Information

1.29.17 Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto All Stars
Glenn Basham (violin)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Herb Bruce (trombone)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Patricia Dean (drums & vocals)
Showtime: 4:00 p.m.
North Naples United Methodist Church
6000 Goodlette-Frank Road
Naples, FL 34109-7206

1.31.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website


February 2017


2.01.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #12: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

2.02.17 The Dan Miller - Jeremiah St.John Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Jeremiah St.John (trombone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

2.03.17 Dan Miller - University of Central Florida Jazz Seminar #1 Spring 2017
University of Central Florida
Jazz Trumpet Majors Styles and Analysis 11:30 a.m.
UCF Flying Horse Big Band Trumpet Sectional 12:30 p.m.
Freshman Jazz Lines Seminar 1:30 p.m.
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-2869
Info: University of Central Florida Jazz website

2.05.17 Dan Miller with Jerry Stawski's 8th Annual Magnificent 7 Concert
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Glenn Basham (violin)
Lew Del Gatto (saxophone)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Jeremiah St.John (trombone)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Patricia Dean (drums and vocals)
2:00 p.m.
Unity Church of Bonita Springs
28285 Imperial Parkway
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Tickets are $25.00
Ticket info and details: 239-947-3100
Info: Unity Church of Bonita Springs website

2.07.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

2.08.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #13: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

2.09.17 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Dan Heck (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

2.12.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Fundraiser for Baby Basics
Naples United Church of Christ Concert

Featuring guest soloists Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone), Glenn Basham (violin) and Rebecca Richardson (vocals)
Dan Miller (Director)
Concert: 3:00 p.m.
Naples United Church of Christ
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Tickets: General Admission $35 and VIP $100
Tickets For Event

2.14.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

2.15.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
Featuring guest artist alto saxophonist George Young

Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Herb Bruce (trombone)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Two Shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
Tickets and Info for George Young @ ARTIS - Naples

2.16.17 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

2.19.17 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Laces of Love Benefit: From Jazz To Broadway
The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Aurora Wells (bass)
Jason Mirabel (drums)
Covenant Church of Naples
6926 Trail Blvd
Naples, FL 34108
239.495.1954
The Laces of Love website

2.21.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

2.22.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #14: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

2.23.17 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Dan Heck (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

2.24.17 Dan Miller - University of Central Florida Jazz Seminar #2 Spring 2017
University of Central Florida
Jazz Trumpet Majors Styles and Analysis 11:30 a.m.
UCF Flying Horse Big Band Trumpet Sectional 12:30 p.m.
Freshman Jazz Lines Seminar 1:30 p.m.
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-2869
Info: University of Central Florida Jazz website

2.26.17 Dan Miller with The Gulf Coast Big Band
The Gulf Coast Big Band: Concert #4

Dan Miller (Musical Director and Conductor)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cambier Park
Park Street
Naples, FL 34102
The Cambier Park website

2.28.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website



March 2017


3.01.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #15: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

3.02.17 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

3.03.17 Dan Miller - University of Central Florida Jazz Seminar #3 Spring 2017
University of Central Florida
Jazz Trumpet Majors Styles and Analysis 11:30 a.m.
UCF Flying Horse Big Band Trumpet Sectional 12:30 p.m.
Freshman Jazz Lines Seminar 1:30 p.m.
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-2869
Info: University of Central Florida Jazz website

3.07.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

3.08.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
Featuring guest artist violinist Benjamin Schmid

Glenn Basham (violin)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Two Shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
Tickets and Info for Benjamin Schmid @ ARTIS - Naples

3.12.17 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet
Naples Botanical Gardens Jazz Series

Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Patricia Dean (drums and vocals)
Concert: 2:00 p.m.
Naples Botanical Gardens
4820 Bayshore Drive
Naples, FL 34112
(239) 643-7275
Naples Botanical Gardens website

3.13.17 Jeff Rupert and Friends: The Swing Side of Stan Getz
Jeff Rupert (tenor saxophone)
Veronica Swift (vocals)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Richard Drexler (piano)
Ben Kramer (bass)
Marty Morell (drums)
Timucua White House
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
2000 South Summerlin
Orlando, FL 32806
The Timucua White House website

3.14.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

3.16.17 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

3.18.17 The Jeff Rupert Group: Rhapsody in Blue
The Celebration Foundation Concert Series
Jeff Rupert (tenor saxophone)
Veronica Swift (vocals)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Saul Dautch (baritone saxophone)
Christian Herrera (trombone)
Richard Drexler (piano)
Ben Kramer (bass)
Marty Morell (drums)
Community Presbyterian Church
511 Celebration Avenue
Kissimmee, FL 34747
407-566-1234
7:30 pm
Tickets: $25.00
The Celebration Foundation website

3.19.17 Dan Miller with The Gulf Coast Big Band
The Gulf Coast Big Band: Concert #5

Dan Miller (Musical Director and Conductor)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cambier Park
Park Street
Naples, FL 34102
The Cambier Park website

3.21.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

3.22.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #16: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

3.23.17 - 3.24.17 Dan Miller with The Miami-Dade High School All-County Honors Jazz Ensemble
Dan Miller (Director)
March 23rd: Rehearsals 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
March 24th: Rehearsals 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Concert 8:00 pm
Miami Senior High School
2450 SW 1st Street
Miami, FL 33135

3.25.17 Dan Miller - University of Central Florida Spring 2017 UCF Jazz Fest
University of Central Florida
Adjudications and Clinics
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-2869
Info: University of Central Florida Jazz website

3.28.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

3.29.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #17: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

3.30.17 The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Brandon Robertson (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-2225
The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro

3.31.17 Dan Miller - University of Central Florida Jazz Seminar #5 Spring 2017
University of Central Florida
Jazz Trumpet Majors Styles and Analysis 11:30 a.m.
UCF Flying Horse Big Band Trumpet Sectional 12:30 p.m.
Freshman Jazz Lines Seminar 1:30 p.m.
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-2869
Info: University of Central Florida Jazz website


April 2017


4.04.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

4.05.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
Featuring guest artist tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander

Glenn Basham (violin)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Two Shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
Tickets and Info for Eric Alexander @ ARTIS - Naples

4.09.17 Dan Miller with The Gulf Coast Big Band
The Gulf Coast Big Band: Concert #6

Dan Miller (Musical Director and Conductor)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cambier Park
Park Street
Naples, FL 34102
The Cambier Park website

4.11.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

4.12.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #18: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

4.18.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

4.19.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #19: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

4.20.17 - 4.22.17 Dan Miller at the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival
Dan Miller (Clinician)
April 20th: Clinics
April 21st: Clinics
April 22nd: Clinics
The University of Northern Colorado
UNC College of Performing and Visual Arts
501 20th Street
Greeley, CO 32816
970-351-2398
Info: University of Northern Colorado Jazz website

4.25.17 The Dan Miller Quartet
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Don Mopsick (bass)
Tony Vigilante (drums)
The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website

4.26.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
The NPJO Plays the Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim

Glenn Basham (violin)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Two Shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
Tickets and Info for The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim @ ARTIS - Naples

4.27.17 - 4.29.17 Dan Miller with The Lake County (Florida) High School All-County Jazz Ensemble
Dan Miller (Director)
April 27th: Rehearsals
April 28th: Rehearsals
April 29th: Rehearsals and Concert
Mount Dora High School
700 N Highland St
Mt.Dora, FL 32757


May 2017


5.03.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #20: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

5.03.17 - 5.06.17 Dan Miller with The South Dakota All State Jazz Ensemble
Dan Miller (Director)
May 3rd: TBA
May 4th: Rehearsal
May 5th: Rehearsal
May 6th: Concert
Northern State University
Aberdeen, SD

5.09.17 - 5.13.17 Dan Miller Clinic and Jazz Concert
A Special Night of Jazz XII
Uvalde High School (SW of San Antonio, TX)

Darren McCarty (director and saxophone)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Russell Haight (tenor saxophone)
Gil Garza (trombone)
Wally Minko (piano)
Tom Bethke (guitar)
Dave Zarlenga (drums)
Jim Kalson (bass)
Tyra Juliette (vocals)
May 9: Clinics
May 10: Clinics
May 11: Clinics
May 12: Clinics
May 13: Concert @ 7:00 p.m.
Uvalde High School
1 Coyote Trail
Uvalde, TX 78801
(830) 591-2950
Thanks to the Yamaha Corporation of America for Clinic Support

5.15.17 - 5.19.16 Dan Miller Clinic and Jazz Concert
Ector County ISD's Fine Arts For Kids Program
Ector County ISD (Odessa, TX)

Mark Lyon (director and trombone)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Paul Stephens (trumpet)
Russell Haight (tenor saxophone)
Wally Minko (piano)
Tom Bethke (guitar)
Dave Zarlenga (drums)
Derek Frank (bass)
Tyra Juliette (vocals)
May 15th: TBA
May 16th: TBA
May 17th: TBA
May 18th: TBA
Odessa, TX 79762
Thanks to the Yamaha Corporation of America for Clinic Support

5.10.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #21: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

5.17.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Miller (Director)
Rehearsal #22: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
N.U.C.C.
5200 Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra webpage

5.24.17 Dan Miller with The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra
Spring Concert

Featuring guest soloists Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone) and Glenn Basham (violin)
Dan Miller (Director)
Concert: 7:00 p.m.
ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
Daniels Pavilion
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
ARTIS - Naples website




Dan Miller News 2006 - 2016

2015 - 2016 ALL THAT JAZZ SERIES at ARTIS - Naples
October 2015 - May 2016
After the great success of the last five season's sold out series, the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra returns for it's sixth season with an amazing lineup of internationally acclaimed guest stars.

THE NAPLES PHILHARMONIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Come hear the finest live jazz music in the region as the all-star Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra headlines this new series in the intimate setting of Daniels Pavilion. Each concert in All That Jazz will feature an esteemed special guest artist. Eight exciting programs (16 concerts) showcasing a variety of great jazz music!

The Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra is:
Glenn Basham (coordinator and violin)
Lew Del Gatto (co-bandleader and tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (co-bandleader and piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)

ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
ARTIS - Naples website

Subscription Information for The Naples Philaharmonic Jazz Orchestra's All That Jazz Series

Each ALL THAT JAZZ event will have two nightly shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

10.28.15 Baritone Saxophonist Gary Smulyan
Tickets and Info for Gary Smulyan @ ARTIS - Naples

11.18.15 Vocalist Kenny Washington
Tickets and Info for Kenny Washington @ ARTIS - Naples

12.16.15 Trombonist Robin Eubanks
Tickets and Info for Robin Eubanks @ ARTIS - Naples

1.06.16 Guitarist Joe Cohn
Tickets and Info for Joe Cohn @ ARTIS - Naples

2.17.16 Vocalist Carmen Lundy
Tickets and Info for Carmen Lundy @ ARTIS - Naples

3.09.16 Flautist Hubert Laws
Tickets and Info for Hubert Laws @ ARTIS - Naples

4.27.16 Cornetist Warren Vache
Tickets and Info for Warren Vache @ ARTIS - Naples

5.11.16 The Music of Horace Silver
Tickets and Info for The Music of Horace Silver @ ARTIS - Naples






The Dan Miller Quartet at The Roadhouse
Every Tuesday Night starting October 20, 2015
We look forward to returning to The Roadhouse Cafe starting on October 21st 2015 after a summer hiatus. We have played there from September 2012 to May 2015. We will be playing every Tuesday night this season at The Roadhouse Cafe in Fort Myers. The group features Joe Delaney (piano), Don Mopsick (bass) and Tony Vigilante (drums). Marc and Sheri Neeley and Lynda Colombo have a beautiful restaurant and jazz club that features the cooking of Chef Bryan Baker and a great, full bar. Sheri and Lynda's father was the wonderful jazz trumpeter Lou Columbo and they love and support jazz music, featuring live music seven nights a week. It is a great place for music and it will be swinging!

The Roadhouse Cafe
Every Tuesday
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website






Dan Miller Jazz Seminars at The University of Central Florida
2015 - 2016 marks my second year as an Artist-in-Residence for the UCF School of Music and the Jazz Department under the directon of Jeff Rupert. I look forward to building on all the work the students accomplished last year.

Fall Semester 2015
I am excited to announce that I will be doing a series of five (5) seminars and clinics at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida this Fall 2015 semester. I look forward to working with the students and the world-class faculty including Jeff Rupert, Marty Morell, Richard Drexler, Per Danielsson, Bobby Koelble, Michael Wilkinson and John Almeida.

Spring Semester 2016
I would like to announce that I will be returning to do a series of six (6) seminars and clinics at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida this Spring 2016 semester.

  • Freshman Jazz Lines Seminar: The concepts of Barry Harris (utilizing the 7th scale) and learning to improvise through the study of the music of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

  • Working with the Jazz Trumpet Majors on Styles and Analysis

  • UCF Flying Horse Big Band Trumpet Sectional

Fall Semester 2015
August 28th, September 16th, October 2nd, October 23rd and December 4th

Spring Semester 2016
January 22nd, February 12th, February 26th, March 18th, March 19th (UCF Jazz Festival), April 1st and April 22nd

University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-2869
Info: University of Central Florida Jazz website






The Gulf Coast Big Band
The 2015-2016 season will be my fourth as the Musical Director and Conductor for the Gulf Coast Big Band. The Gulf Coast Big Band is a community group and a non-profit organization that not only plays jazz music, but for over the last twenty years has raised and awarded over $80,000.00 in youth music scholarships to benefit student musicians of Collier County.

We will have six swinging Sunday afternoon concerts, each held at 2:00 p.m. in Cambier Park which is located in beautiful downtown Naples, Florida.

November 15, 2015
December 13, 2015
January 24, 2016
February 14, 2016
March 13, 2016
April 17, 2016

We will be playing the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Tadd Dameron and all of the great bands.

More information: The Gulf Coast Big Band website




The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet at Mereday's Brasserie Bayfront
Formerly ALTO Live Jazz Kitchen

**Every Saturday Night NOW STARTING AT 8:00 p.m.
I am leading a group with Lew Del Gatto on Saturday nights at world-class Chef Charles Mereday's newly re-branded restaurant Mereday's Brasserie Bayfront (formerly ALTO Live Jazz Kitchen). Chef Mereday has brought together the best of his teams from Mereday's Fine Dining and Mereday's Brasserie at Coconut Point to create the team at Mereday's Brasserie Bayfront. Chef Mereday will be in the kitchen doing the cooking and directing the service personally. His passion and creativity is boundless and he is dedicated to bringing a unique dining and entertainment experience to Naples. The music will be starting later (8:00 to 11:00) in order to offer patrons the opportunity to enjoy the fine dining experience and quiet conversation during their dinner. Chef Mereday worked at Zanzibar Blue in Philadelphia, a jazz club with fine dining, and always wanted to have a jazz club of his own with a menu that reflected the spirit of the music. We have a swinging quintet featuring Joe Delaney (piano), Don Mopsick (bass) and Patricia Dean (drums). This is a beautiful, venue that is dedicated to the food and the music. It will be swinging!

Mereday's Brasserie Bayfront (formerly ALTO Live Jazz Kitchen)
Every Saturday
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
492 Bayfront Place
Naples, FL 34102
239-261-2586
Mereday's Brasserie Bayfront website






2014 - 2015 ALL THAT JAZZ SERIES at ARTIS - Naples
October 2014 - May 2015
After the great success of the last four season's sold out series, the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra returns for it's fifth season with an amazing lineup of internationally acclaimed guest stars.

THE NAPLES PHILHARMONIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Come hear the finest live jazz music in the region as the all-star Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra headlines this new series in the intimate setting of Daniels Pavilion. Each concert in All That Jazz will feature an esteemed special guest artist. Eight exciting programs (16 concerts) showcasing a variety of great jazz music!

The Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra is:
Glenn Basham (coordinator and violin)
Lew Del Gatto (co-bandleader and tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (co-bandleader and piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)

ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
ARTIS - Naples website

Each ALL THAT JAZZ event will have two nightly shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

10.29.14 Vibraphonist Jason Marsalis
Tickets and Info for Jason Marsalis @ ARTIS - Naples

12.10.14 Pianist Uri Caine
Tickets and Info for Uri Caine @ ARTIS - Naples

1.07.15 Vocalist Kevin Mahogany
Tickets and Info for Kevin Mahogany @ ARTIS - Naples

2.04.15 Guitarist Pat Martino
Tickets and Info for Pat Martino @ ARTIS - Naples

3.04.15 Saxophonist Jimmy Heath
Tickets and Info for Jimmy Heath @ ARTIS - Naples

4.01.15 Trumpeter Jon Faddis
Tickets and Info for Jon Faddis @ ARTIS - Naples

4.22.15 Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon
Tickets and Info for Wycliffe Gordon @ ARTIS - Naples

5.13.15 The Music of Art Blakey featuring drummer Mike Harvey
Tickets and Info for The Music of Art Blakey featuring Drummer Mike Harvey @ ARTIS - Naples




The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet at ALTO Live Jazz Kitchen
Every Saturday Night
I am leading a group with Lew Del Gatto on Saturday nights at world-class Chef Charles Mereday's new restaurant ALTO Live Jazz Kitchen. Chef Mereday worked at Zanzibar Blue in Philadelphia, a jazz club with fine dining, and always wanted to have a jazz club of his own with a menu that reflected the spirit of the music. After the tremendous success of Mereday's Fine Dining, Charles was able to make that dream a reality with the opening of ALTO Live Jazz Kitchen. The restaurant has been receiving rave reviews for it's food, music and atmosphere. We have a swinging quintet featuring Joe Delaney (piano), Don Mopsick (bass) and Patricia Dean (drums). This is a beautiful, new venue that is dedicated to the food and the music. It will be swinging!

ALTO Live Jazz Kitchen
Every Saturday
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
492 Bayfront Place
Naples, FL 34102
239-261-2586
The ALTO Live Jazz Kitchen website




The Dan Miller Quartet at The Roadhouse
Every Tuesday Night
We will be playing every Tuesday night this season at The Roadhouse Cafe in Fort Myers. We just celebrated our two year anniversary of straight ahead acoustic jazz music at the club, having played there weekly since September 2012. The group features Joe Delaney (piano), Don Mopsick (bass) and Tony Vigilante (drums). Marc and Sheri Neeley and Lynda Colombo have a beautiful restaurant and jazz club that features the cooking of Chef Bryan Baker and a great, full bar. Sheri and Lynda's father was the wonderful jazz trumpeter Lou Columbo and they love and support jazz music, featuring live music seven nights a week. It is a great place for music and it will be swinging!

The Roadhouse Cafe
Every Tuesday
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website







The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet
Featuring GRAMMY Nominated Special Guest Vocalist Carla Cook
The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center

3.20.15 (Friday)
The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center is proud to welcome GRAMMY nominated NYC jazz vocalist Carla Cook for a special evening of music on Friday March 20th.

Carla Cook is daring. She is a jazz singer/songwriter who sings standards beautifully -- but she doesn't stop there. Cook is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers. Songs that, until you hear her sing them, you'd never imagine could be interpreted as jazz. This native Detroiter, who grew up in a musically rich and diverse environment, brings all her influences to bear within her repertoire. In her songbook you'll find elements of R&B, European classical, Motown, Blues and Gospel. Cook has always eschewed labels, and refuses to become a jazz purist or snob. That willingness to simply sing what she loves, bringing an earthy sophistication to every song, is what gives Cook her signature style.

While some jazz vocalists limit their repertoire of popular music to the swing of the 20's and 30's, Tin Pan Alley composers and the bebop of the 40's, Cook goes beyond the American Jazz Standard Repertoire. She reinterprets songs from the rock and R&B worlds - giving a jazz flavor to such pop classics as Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair", Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues", Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" and Neil Young's "Heart of Gold". She sings great songs, period, be they the standards that are the foundation of her recordings and live performances, her refreshing original compositions, or a smattering of popular songs that were childhood favorites.

In her native Detroit, Cook started singing when she was a young child. Growing up, the Midwesterner sang in the Methodist Church. The secular music that she enjoyed ranged from R&B, rock, country and European classical. Though jazz has always been Cook's primary focus, she has been quoted as saying that her favorite artists range from Miles Davis to Chaka Khan to Johann Sebastian Bach.

During her formative years, Cook studied privately voice, piano and string bass, the latter of which she played in her high school orchestra. After leaving the Motor City, Cook moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University and earned a degree in Speech Communication. While in Boston, she formed the first of several jazz ensembles and set about the business of her trade. Then in 1990, she moved to New York, where she became active on the Manhattan club scene but paid her bills with various "day gigs" that concluded with her teaching social studies in a junior high school. By the mid 90's, however, she was singing on a full-time basis and had given up her day gigs. It was in 1998 that Cook signed with MAXJAZZ, a small independent jazz label based in St. Louis that has a reputation for being singer-friendly. In 1999, Cook recorded her debut album; It's All About Love. The CD enjoyed favorable reviews and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category and was awarded the AFIM Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal in 2000. In 2000, Cook recorded her second album, Dem Bones and in 2002, she recorded Simply Natural, both for MAXJAZZ. Her albums continue to receive critical acclaim.

Carla Cook website

The group will feature Dan Miller (trumpet), Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone), Joe Delaney (piano), Don Mopsick (bass) and Patricia Dean (drums and vocals)

Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
2301 First Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-1933
The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center website




Dan Miller Jazz Seminars at The University of Central Florida

**I am pleased to announce that I have been named an Artist in Residence for the UCF School of Music Jazz Department for the school year 2014 - 2015.

Fall Semester 2014
I am excited to announce that I will be doing a series of five (5) seminars and clinics at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida this Fall 2014 semester. I look forward to working with the students and the world-class faculty including Jeff Rupert, Marty Morell, Richard Drexler, Per Danielsson, Bobby Koelble, Michael Wilkinson and John Almeida.

Spring Semester 2015
I would like to announce that I will be returning to do a series of five (5) seminars and clinics at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida this Spring 2015 semester.

  • Freshman Jazz Lines Seminar: The concepts of Barry Harris (utilizing the 7th scale) and learning to improvise through the study of the music of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

  • Working with the Jazz Trumpet Majors on Styles and Analysis

  • UCF Flying Horse Big Band Trumpet Sectional

Fall Semester 2014
August 22nd, September 5th, September 26th, October 10th and November 14th

Spring Semester 2015
February 6th, February 20th, March 6th, April 3rd and April 24th

University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-2869
Info: University of Central Florida Jazz website




NEW YEARS EVE @ ALTO Live Jazz Kitchen
Featuring the Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet

12.31.14 (Wednesday)
Celebrate the New Year with jazz music and a fabulous 4-course dinner with a champagne toast at world-class Chef Charles Mereday's new restaurant ALTO Live Jazz Kitchen. Lew Del Gatto and I will be leading an incredibly swinging group featuring Joe Delaney (piano), Don Mopsick (bass) and Paul Gavin (drums). It will be a great night.

ALTO Live Jazz Kitchen
9:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
492 Bayfront Place
Naples, FL 34102
239-261-2586
The ALTO Live Jazz Kitchen website




The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Sextet
Plays the Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
The Art League of Bonita Springs

1.02.15 (Friday)
Join Dan Miller and Lew Del Gatto as they celebrate the genius and music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Duke Ellington is one of the most towering figures in the history of jazz, writing and composing his own sophisticated, swinging music and leading his own orchestra for over fifty years. The music Ellington and Strayhorn composed is an integral part of the Great American Songbook and forms the back bone of jazz repertoire. The program will include such favorites as Take The A Train, Satin Doll, In A Mellowtone, Caravan, Do Nothing 'til You Hear From Me, Perdido, Mood Indigo, Just Squeeze Me, In A Sentimental Mood, Sophisticated Lady, Happy-Go Lucky Local and Cottontail.

The group will feature Dan Miller (trumpet), Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone), Herb Bruce (trombone), Joe Delaney (piano), Don Mopsick (bass) and Patricia Dean (drums and vocals)

The Art League of Bonita Springs
Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
Concert 8:00 p.m.
Hinman Auditorium
10150 Bonita Beach Road SE
The corner of Bonita Beach Road and Vermont Street
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
info & tickets call 239-495-8989
Tickets: $25 Member / $30 Non-Member / $35 Door
Bonita Art League website




2013 - 2014 ALL THAT JAZZ SERIES at ARTIS - Naples
November 2013 - June 2014
After the great success of the last three season's sold out series, the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra returns for it's fourth season with an amazing lineup of internationally acclaimed guest stars.

THE NAPLES PHILHARMONIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Come hear the finest live jazz music in the region as the all-star Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra headlines this new series in the intimate setting of Daniels Pavilion. Each concert in All That Jazz will feature an esteemed special guest artist. Eight exciting programs (16 concerts) showcasing a variety of great jazz music!

Luciano Morello (Executive Producer)

The Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra is:
Glenn Basham (coordinator and violin)
Lew Del Gatto (co-bandleader and tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (co-bandleader and piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)

ARTIS - Naples (The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
ARTIS - Naples website

Each ALL THAT JAZZ event will have two nightly shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

11.15.13 Vibraphonist Joe Locke
Tickets and Info for Joe Locke @ ARTIS - Naples

12.11.13 Tenor Saxophonist Benny Golson
Tickets and Info for Benny Golson @ ARTIS - Naples

1.08.14 Trumpeter Tom Harrell
Tickets and Info for Tom Harrell @ ARTIS - Naples

2.19.14 Pianist Dick Hyman
Tickets and Info for Dick Hyman @ ARTIS - Naples

3.19.14 Guitarist Peter Bernstein
Tickets and Info for Peter Bernstein @ ARTIS - Naples

4.16.14 Trombinist Conrad Herwig
Tickets and Info for Conrad Herwig @ ARTIS - Naples

5.21.14 Tribute to Charles Mingus Featuring Bassist Kevin Mauldin
Tickets and Info for the Tribute to Charles Mingus @ ARTIS - Naples

6.11.14 The Complete History of Jazz In 75 Minutes
Tickets and Info for the Complete History of Jazz in 75 Minutes @ ARTIS - Naples






The Dan Miller Quartet at The Roadhouse
Every Tuesday Night
I am pleased to announce that the group with Jerry Stawski, Don Mopsick, Patricia Dean and I will be appearing at The Roadhouse Cafe in Fort Myers every Tuesday throughout the season. Marc and Sheri Neeley and Lynda Colombo have a beautiful restaurant and jazz club and we look forward to great music there.

The Roadhouse Cafe
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-415-4375
The Roadhouse Cafe website






The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet featuring Kenny Drew Jr. plays the Music of George Gershwin
April 3, 2014
Join Dan Miller and Lew Del Gatto as they celebrate the genius and music of George Gershwin with the world-class NYC jazz pianist Kenny Drew Jr. The music Gershwin composed is an integral part of the Great American Songbook. The program will include such favorites as Embraceable You, Oh Lady Be Good, I Got Rhythm, Summertime, S'Wonderful, Our Love Is Here To Stay, Love Walked In, Strike Up The Band, Soon, The Man I Love, But Not For Me and They Can't Take That Away from Me.

Dan Miller built his reputation touring and recording with Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman. He brings together a tremendous group of musicians for an evening of hard swinging acoustic jazz music including pianist Kenny Drew Jr. (who has recorded with Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Mingus Big Band), tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto (Saturday Night Live Band 1975-2005 & Frank Sinatra), bassist Dan Heck and drummer Ron Hefner.

The Art League of Bonita Springs
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Kenny Drew Jr. (piano)
Dan Heck (bass)
Patricia Dean (drums)
Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
Hinman Auditorium
Concert 7:00 p.m.
10150 Bonita Beach Road SE
The corner of Bonita Beach Road and Vermont Street
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
info & tickets call 239-495-8989
Tickets $25 member / $30 non-member / $35 at the door
Bonita Art League website






TENOR MADNESS: A NYC TENOR SAXOPHONE SUMMIT

April 12, 2014




Footsteps to the Future is proud to present their 5th Annual Benefit Jazz Concert, TENOR MADNESS: A NYC Tenor Saxophone Summit on Saturday April 12, 2014 at Hodges University in Naples, Florida

The concert, benefiting Footsteps to the Future, will feature three world-class New York City tenor saxophonists engaged in a classic musical battle royal in the spirit of Jazz at the Philharmonic or a late night jam session at a jazz club in the Village or Uptown.

The concert will benefit Footsteps to the Future, Inc., a unique mentoring program in Lee and Collier Counties and a model for change in Southwest Florida and the nation. Its goal is to empower young women in and aging out of foster care, to safely and successfully transition to living independently through programs such as evidence-based mentoring, self-sufficiency and advocacy. Celebrate with us as we promote our current pilot projects, the Academic Achievement and Tutoring Programs.

The featured artists are:

Jerry Weldon (Harry Connick Jr., Lionel Hampton, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Dr.Lonnie Smith)

Lew Del Gatto (Saturday Night Live Band, Frank Sinatra, Phil Woods)

Jeff Rupert (Maynard Ferguson, Mel Torme, Sam Rivers)

As well as trumpeter Dan Miller (Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman)

"A thoughtful soloist whose subtle swing has plenty of fiber" is how Ira Gitler described tenor saxophonist Jerry Weldon in The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. A native New Yorker, the tenorman is a veteran of the New York Jazz Scene, his résumé reading like a virtual "Who's Who of Jazz. "After graduating from the Rutgers University Jazz Program under the direction of Paul Jeffrey in 1981, Jerry joined the legendary Lionel Hampton Orchestra, touring extensively in the U.S., Europe, South America, and Japan. Jerry continued his association as one of Hamp's favorite tenor soloists through the '90s and into the new millennium. Next came a long and rewarding tour of duty as a member of master organist Jack McDuff & his "Heatin' System," resulting in many fine recordings on the Concord label. In 1990, Jerry became a charter member and featured soloist with Harry Connick Jr.'s newly formed Big Band. Jerry has toured the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia and has also performed on many television shows worldwide with the Connick Orchestra. In 2001, Jerry was also part of Connick's Broadway musical production, "Thou Shalt Not" where he appeared on stage as well as in the orchestra. The '90s also found Jerry in another long and fruitful musical cooperative- the New York Hard Bop Quintet, along with trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, pianist Keith Saunders, bassist Bim Strasberg and drummer Clifford Barbaro, the unit toured throughout the U.S. & Europe while recording four stellar albums for the Swiss TCB label. Jer has worked and recorded with organists Jimmy McGriff, Joey DeFrancesco, Bobby Forrester, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Mel Rhyne, trombone great Al Grey, piano giants George Cables and Cedar Walton, drum legends Roy Haynes and Jimmy Cobb as well as guitarist/singer George Benson, guitarist Earl Klugh, bassist Keter Betts and singer Mel Tormé. In 2003 Jerry was involved in a very special musical project: "Jazz @ Lincoln Center Plays the Music of Dexter Gordon". Along with fellow tenorists Jimmy Greene and Wayne Escoffery and the George Cables Trio, the sextet performed at New York's Kaplan Penthouse and also toured the U.S. "That was really special to me" Jer said, "Dexter was one of my very favorite musicians. I was thrilled and honored to have been a part of it." Weldon is a bandleader in his own right, leading ensembles at many of New York's jazz clubs and at jazz festivals around the U.S. He has recorded several albums under his own name, among them, "Head To Head," a swinging two-tenor date with Michael Karn on the Criss Cross Jazz label "Midtown Blues," a rousing quintet with long time collaborator Joe Mags (Magnarelli) recorded live at Fat Tuesdays in NYC, and two hard-swinging dates with the late, great organist, Jerry's long-time pal, Bobby Forrester. "It was after working with Bobby all those years that made it easier to the go with Jack (McDuff), Jimmy (McGriff) and all the other cats" says Jer, "Bobby was truly a hero of mine." Jer continues to be extremely active on the New York scene- "I just want to keep it swinging. If I can do that, I'm happy."

Jeff Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist, a record producer, recording artist, freelance tenor saxophonist, full professor, and Director of Jazz Studies at UCF. Rupert has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists including Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter. He played on Carter's Harlem Renaissance which won a Grammy. He played and arranged for the New Jersey-based Blues band The Fins. He has also performed with Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, Joe Farnsworth, Ray Drummond, Harry Allen, pianist Benny Green, Kenny Drew jr, trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, and pianist and singer Judy Carmichael. Rupert currently is the leader of The Jazz Professors, a sextet which had top JazzWeek charting hit albums in 2012 and 2013. "The Jazz Professors: Live at the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival" (Flying Horse, 2011) which and peaked at #19 during its seventeen weeks on the JazzWeek charts. His third album, "From Memphis to Mobile", with Kenny Drew, Jr. Rupert joined Sam Rivers' band in 1996 and appeared in four recordings with the group. He has performed in hundreds of concerts with Rivers, including performances at Lincoln for Ed Bradley's Jazz from Lincoln Center (broadcast on NPR), the Vision Festival NYC and Columbia University. He has been a member of the Jaguar International Jazz Series alongside Joe LaBarbera, Tom Wharington, Larry Koonse, and John Fedchock.

Tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto has been a dynamic figure in the New York music scene for over 40 years. His versatility and knowledgeable comprehension of musical art-form was the basis for a stellar career. He has been involved with jingles, films, jazz and television. Lew was a saxophonist with the Saturday Night Live band from 1975-2005 and was also an arranger and contractor for the show. Del Gatto played with the Les Elgart Band, Sal Salvador and appeared with the world famous Johnny Carson Tonight Show Band. He played on such film soundtracks such as The Blues Brothers and The Naked Gun 2 ½ and has performed on the Grammy Awards and Emmy Awards on TV. He has recorded for such artists as Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Harry Connick Jr and the Brecker Brothers. Lew has appeared with many giants in the music world, including Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Liza Minelli, Buddy Rich, Herbie Hancock, Phil Woods and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. He is currently the co-bandleader and arranger for the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra.

Also featured is NYC jazz trumpeter Dan Miller, who toured and recorded with Harry Connick Jr., Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Jones and Woody Herman. The world-class rhythm section features pianist Jerry Stawski, bassist Paul Shewchuk and drummer Michael Piolet.

The Jazzin’ It Up concert will benefit Footsteps to the Future, Inc., a unique mentoring program in Lee and Collier Counties and a model for change in Southwest Florida and the nation. Its goal is to empower young women in and aging out of foster care, to safely and successfully transition to living independently through programs such as evidence-based mentoring, self-sufficiency and advocacy. Celebrate with us as we promote our current pilot projects, the Academic Achievement and Tutoring Programs.

The event will be held at Hodges University in North Naples off 1-75 exit 111. The Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and the event also features a Silent Auction, a Mystery Box Raffle and a Decadent Dessert Raffle.

Jerry Weldon (tenor saxophone)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Jeff Rupert (tenor saxophone)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Paul Shewchuk (bass)
Michael Piolet (drums)

Saturday April 12, 2014
6:00 p.m.

Hodges University
2655 Northbrooke Drive Naples, FL 34119
Directly East of I-75 and Immokolee Road (Exit 111)

Online Tickets and Info: Tickets @ Footsteps To The Future website

Tickets are $50.00 or two for $85.00

For Tables and info contact Judi Woods 239.281.7378

Footsteps to the Future, Inc. is a non-profit 501c (3). Sponsorship opportunities are available.






Dan Miller with the UCF Jazz Ensemble and the UCF Jazz Professors
October 25 - 26, 2013




I'm very excited be playing the Music of Tadd Dameron (On A Misty Night, Good Bait) and Dizzy Gillespie (Tin Tin Deo, Woody 'n You, Ray's Idea) with Jeff Rupert and the Univerity of Central Florida Jazz Ensemble on October 25th. I look forward to the clinic and concert as well as the opportunity to play with the UCF Jazz Professors featuring Jeff Rupert (tenor saxophone), Per Danielsson (piano), Richard Drexler (bass) and Marty Morell (drums).

This will be swinging!

Dan Miller with the UCF Jazz Ensemble and the UCF Jazz Professors
Jeff Rupert (Director and tenor saxophone)
Per Danielsson (piano)
Richard Drexler (bass)
Marty Morell (drums)
University of Central Florida
Communications Building
Concert 8:00 p.m.
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-2869
Info: University of Central Florida Jazz website

Dan Miller is a YAMAHA Clinician and Performing Artist

Thanks to the YAMAHA Corporation for their assistance in making this event possible.







The Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Sextet featuring NYC bassist Ben Wolfe and pianist Kenny Drew Jr. at the Arts Garage
April 27, 2013
In what should prove to be an exciting evening of swinging music, I will be leading a group with Lew Del Gatto and the great bassist from NYC Ben Wolfe at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach, FL on April 27, 2013. We will be joined by some wonderful musicians including the great pianist Kenny Drew Jr., guitarist Dan Heck and drummer Ron Hefner performing a program of Thelonious Monk's music as well as original music from Ben's forthcoming release on the Max Jazz label.

Tickets and Information: Tickets @ Arts Garage website




Dan Miller and Antonio Hart at the Southeastern University Jazz Festival
April 22 - 23, 2013
I'm excited to join the great alto saxophonist Antonio Hart for two days of clinics and concerts at Southeastern University for their Jazz Festival. We will be working and performing with the Southeastern University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of John Seybert as well as top area high school jazz bands.

Tickets and Information: Southeastern University Jazz Festival website




Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet with Jazz Legend Ira Sullivan
March 9, 2013
Benefit Concert: Footsteps to the Future Presents Jazzin’ It Up!
An Electrifying Evening with Jazz Legend Ira Sullivan

Ira Sullivan (trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone and flute)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Chuck Bergeron (bass)
Ron Hefner (drums)
Suzie Hulcher (vocals)

Hodges University
2655 Northbrooke Drive Naples, FL 34119
Directly East of I-75 and Immokolee Road (Exit 111)
(239) 513-1122
Tickets available at the door the day of the concert
Online Tickets and Info: Tickets @ Footsteps To The Future website
Saturday March 9, 2013 at 7:15 p.m.
The VIP Reception to meet musicians begins at 6:00 p.m.
General Admission at 6:45 p.m.

Footsteps to the Future presents Jazzin’ It Up! An Electrifying Evening with Jazz Legend Ira Sullivan on Saturday March 9, 2013 at Hodges University in Naples, Florida. The concert, benefiting Footsteps to the Future, will feature Ira Sullivan along with some of the finest jazz musicians in Florida.

Mr. Sullivan, a five-time Grammy nominee, is a unique figure in jazz music as a multi-instrumentalist who is a master of the trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone and flute. He has performed and recorded with some of the greatest figures in jazz history including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Red Rodney, Johnny Griffin and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

Mr. Sullivan, originally from Chicago, was an integral part of that city’s vibrant jazz scene during the 1950’s and ‘60’s. He has lived in Miami since the early ‘60’s and continues to tour the world performing concerts and teaching clinics. Music education is a very important part of Ira’s life.

In addition to Sullivan, the concert also features tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto, who worked and recorded in NYC for over forty years and was a member of the Saturday Night Live Band from 1975 – 2005. Also featured is NYC jazz trumpeter Dan Miller, who toured and recorded with Harry Connick Jr., Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Jones and Woody Herman. The world-class rhythm section features pianist Jerry Stawski, bassist Chuck Bergeron and drummer Ron Hefner. Singer/songwriter Susie Hulcher will be featured vocalist at the VIP reception.

The Jazzin’ It Up concert will benefit Footsteps to the Future, Inc., a unique mentoring program in Lee and Collier Counties and a model for change in Southwest Florida and the nation. Its goal is to empower young women in and aging out of foster care, to safely and successfully transition to living independently through programs such as evidence-based mentoring, self-sufficiency and advocacy. Celebrate with us as we promote our current pilot projects, the Academic Achievement and Tutoring Programs.

The event will be held at Hodges University in North Naples off 1-75 exit 111. The VIP Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. General Admission doors open at 7:00 p.m. The event also features a Silent Auction, a Mystery Box Raffle and a Decadent Dessert Raffle.

VIP Tickets are $50, or two for $85 includes preferred seating, reception with a buffet featuring the culinary delights of Chef Brian Baker and Jayne Baker of the Roadhouse Cafe. Reserved VIP Tables …10 tops for $ 600 and 6 tops for $360 are available on a very limited basis General Admission Tickets are $25, or two for $45. Student Admission is $10. Tickets will go on sale Jan 1st 2013.

Tickets are available: Tickets @ Footsteps To The Future website

Footsteps to the Future, Inc. is a non-profit 501c (3). Sponsorship opportunities are available.




2012 - 2013 ALL THAT JAZZ SERIES at the NAPLES PHILHARMONIC
November 2012 - June 2013
After the great success of last two season's sold out series, the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra returns for it's third season with an amazing lineup of internationally acclaimed guest stars.

THE NAPLES PHILHARMONIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Come hear the finest live jazz music in the region as the all-star Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra headlines this new series in the intimate setting of Daniels Pavilion. Each concert in All That Jazz will feature an esteemed special guest artist. Eight exciting programs (16 concerts) showcasing a variety of great jazz music!

Luciano Morello (Executive Producer)

The Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra is:
Glenn Basham (coordinator and violin)
Lew Del Gatto (co-bandleader and tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (co-bandleader and piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)

The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
The Naples Philharmonic website

Each ALL THAT JAZZ event will have two nightly shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER JAZZ: RUSSELL MALONE
November 26, 2012 (Monday)
Russell Malone's first guitar was a plastic green toy his mother bought him. Only four years old, Malone strummed the little guitar all day long for days on end trying to emulate the sounds he had heard from guitarists at church in Albany, Georgia. As a child, Malone developed an interest in blues and country music after seeing musicians on television like Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Son Seals, and B.B. King. Then, at age 12, he saw George Benson perform with Benny Goodman on Soundstage. Malone has said, “I knew right then and there that I wanted to play this music.” A self-taught player, Malone progressed well enough to land a gig with master organist Jimmy Smith when he was 25. “It made me realize that I wasn't as good as I thought I was,” Malone recalls of his first on-stage jam with Smith. After two years with Smith, he went on to join Harry Connick Jr.'s orchestra, a position he held from 1990-94, appearing on three of Connick''s recordings. Malone also worked in a variety of contexts, performing with artists as diverse as Clarence Carter, Little Anthony, Peabo Bryson, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, The Winans, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Jack McDuff. Malone is one of the most commanding and versatile guitarists performing. He can move from blues to gospel to pop to R&B and jazz without hesitation, a rare facility that has prompted some of the highest profile artists in the world to call upon him: Diana Krall, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, Shirley Horn, Christina Aguilera, Harry Connick, Jr, Ron Carter, and Sonny Rollins.
Russell Malone website: allaboutjazz.com
The Naples Philharmonic website: November Jazz with Russell Malone


DECEMBER JAZZ: STEVE TURRE
December 12, 2012 (Wednesday)
One of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist and seashellist Steve Turre, has consistently won both the Readers' and Critics' polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells). Turre was born to Mexican-American parents and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where he absorbed daily doses of mariachi, blues and jazz. While attending Sacramento State University, he joined the Escovedo Brothers salsa band, which began his career-long involvement with that genre. In 1972 Steve Turre's career picked up momentum when Ray Charles hired him to go on tour. A year later Turre's mentor Woody Shaw brought him into Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. After his tenure with Blakey, Turre went on to work with a diverse list of musicians from the jazz, Latin, and pop worlds, including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The latter introduced hum to the seashell as an instrument. Soon after that, while touring in Mexico City with Woody Shaw, Turre's relatives informed him that his ancestors similarly played the shells. Since then, Turre has incorporated seashells into his diverse musical style. In addition to performing as a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984, Turre leads several different ensembles. Sanctified Shells utilizes the seashell in a larger context, transforming his horn section into a "shell choir". Turre's quartet and quintet provide a setting based in tradition and stretching the limits conceptually and stylistically. Steve Turre continually evolves as a musician and arranger. He has a strong command of all musical genres and when it comes to his distinct brand of jazz, he always keeps one foot in the past and one in the future.
Steve Turre website: steveturre.com
The Naples Philharmonic website: December Jazz with Steve Turre


JANUARY JAZZ: RANDY BRECKER
January 17, 2013 (Thursday)
Randy Brecker has been shaping the sound of Jazz, R&B and Rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament-Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, David Sanborn, Jaco Pastorius, Horace Silver and Frank Zappa. Randy's history is as varied as it is distinguished. Born (1945) in Philadelphia to a piano-playing father, Randy's musical talent was nurtured and encouraged from an early age. He began playing R&B and funk in local bar bands while in his teens, and developed an ear for Hard Bop through his father's record collection. "I'd listen to Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, Miles' Quintets, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, the Clifford Brown/Max Roach group." Randy attended Indiana University from 1963-66 and moved to NYC in 1966. From the 1960's through today, Randy Brecker has been one of the most swinging and inventive jazz trumpet players in the world. He has recorded and performed with the Clark Terry's Big Band, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Duke Pearson Big Band, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Horace Silver and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. In 1972, Randy was back with Horace Silver, this time with brother Michael as the front line in Horace's quintet. By now, the two horn players had become two of the most in-demand studio musicians of the day and they recorded the now classic 'In Pursuit of the 27th Man' (Blue Note) with Horace. By 1975 they were ready to front their own band. The Brecker Brothers were to become a band of immeasurable influence and impact. Hailed by pop and jazz critics alike, their first album 'The Brecker Brothers' (Arista), which Randy produced, wrote, and arranged, was nominated for four Grammys. The Brecker Brothers went on to record a total of six albums and garner seven Grammy nominations between 1975 and 1981. The following years Randy found a balance between touring the world with his own bands and guesting onstage and in the studio with a wide array of artists including Charles Mingus, Joe Henderson and David Liebman. As a composer, performer and in-demand Yamaha clinician, Randy Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians around the world. He feels like he is just starting out!
Randy Brecker website: randybrecker.com
The Naples Philharmonic website: January Jazz with Randy Brecker


FEBRUARY JAZZ: CARLA COOK
February 14, 2013 (Thursday)
Carla Cook is daring. She is a jazz singer/songwriter who sings standards beautifully -- but she doesn't stop there. Cook is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers. Songs that, until you hear her sing them, you'd never imagine could be interpreted as jazz. This native Detroiter, who grew up in a musically rich and diverse environment, brings all her influences to bear within her repertoire. In her songbook you'll find elements of R&B, European classical, Motown, Blues and Gospel. Cook has always eschewed labels, and refuses to become a jazz purist or snob. That willingness to simply sing what she loves, bringing an earthy sophistication to every song, is what gives Cook her signature style. In her native Detroit, Cook started singing when she was a young child. Growing up, the Midwesterner sang in the Methodist Church. The secular music that she enjoyed ranged from R&B, rock, country and European classical. Though jazz has always been Cook's primary focus, she has been quoted as saying that her favorite artists range from Miles Davis to Chaka Khan to Johann Sebastian Bach. During her formative years, Cook studied privately voice, piano and string bass, the latter of which she played in her high school orchestra. After leaving the Motor City, Cook moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University and earned a degree in Speech Communication. While in Boston, she formed the first of several jazz ensembles and set about the business of her trade. Then in 1990, she moved to New York, where she became active on the Manhattan club scene but paid her bills with various "day gigs" that concluded with her teaching social studies in a junior high school. By the mid 90's, however, she was singing on a full-time basis and had given up her day gigs. It was in 1998 that Cook signed with MAXJAZZ, a small independent jazz label based in St. Louis that has a reputation for being singer-friendly. In 1999, Cook recorded her debut album; It's All About Love. The CD enjoyed favorable reviews and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category and was awarded the AFIM Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal in 2000. In 2000, Cook recorded her second album, Dem Bones and in 2002, she recorded Simply Natural, both for MAXJAZZ. Her albums continue to receive critical acclaim.
Carla Cook website: carlacook.com


MARCH JAZZ: DICK HYMAN
March 28, 2013 (Thursday)
Throughout a busy musical career that got underway in the early ‘50s, Dick Hyman has functioned as pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer. His versatility in all of these areas has resulted in film scores, orchestral compositions, concert appearances and well over 100 albums recorded under his own name. While developing a masterful facility for improvisation in his own piano style, Mr. Hyman has also investigated ragtime and the earliest periods of jazz and has researched and recorded the piano music of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Duke Ellington, and Fats Waller. Other solo piano albums include variations on the songs of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers. In addition to his activities in the jazz and concert worlds, Mr. Hyman has had a prolific career in New York as a studio musician and won seven Most Valuable Player Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He acted as music director for such television programs as Benny Goodman's final appearance (on PBS) and for In Performance at the White House. He received an Emmy for his original score for Sunshine's on the Way, a daytime drama, and another for musical direction of a PBS special on Eubie Blake. He is a member of the Jazz Hall of Fame of the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies and the New Jersey Jazz Society. In years past, Dick Hyman was music director for Arthur Godfrey and orchestrator of the hit musical Sugar Babies. He has served as composer/arranger/conductor/pianist for the Woody Allen films Zelig, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Broadway Danny Rose, Stardust Memories, Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days, Bullets Over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says "I Love You", Sweet and Lowdown, The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion and Melinda and Melinda. Other scores have included Moonstruck, Scott Joplin-King of Ragtime, The Lemon Sisters, and Alan and Naomi. His music has also been heard in The Mask, Billy Bathgate, Two Weeks Notice, and other films.
Dick Hyman website: dickhyman.com
The Naples Philharmonic website: March Jazz with Dick Hyman


APRIL JAZZ: THE NPJO PLAYS THE MUSIC OF JEROME KERN
FEATURING JERRY STAWSKI
April 25, 2013 (Thursday)
The Naples Philharmonic website: April Jazz with Jerry Stawski


MAY JAZZ: ROMERO LUBAMBO
May 14, 2013 (Thursday)
In 1985, Romero Lubambo came to the United States, and brought with him a new sound in Brazilian jazz guitar. Romero's guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazilian musical heritage with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound. From the cool, sophisticated rhythms of his native Brazil to hard bop, Romero is a guitarist who's comfortable in any musical setting. He is an uncommonly gifted soloist and musical improviser with a steady stream of unpredictably creative musical thoughts and the virtuosity to deliver them ever so tastefully. After arriving in New York City, Romero quickly established himself as a "first call" session and touring guitarist who was in demand not only for his authentic Brazilian sound, but also for his command with a variety of styles. Lubambo has performed and recorded with many outstanding artists, including Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Diana Krall, Herbie Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Gal Costa, Kurt Elling, Kenny Barron, Luciana Souza, Cyro Baptista, Sergio and Odair Assad, Ivan Lins, Grover Washington Jr., Vernon Reid, Flora Purim and Airto, Paquito D'Rivera, Harry Belafonte, Larry Coryell, Gato Barbieri, Leny Andrade, James Carter, Paula Robison, Dave Weckl, Jason Miles, and Cesar Camargo Mariano... among many others. He has also established himself as a composer and performer on his own critically acclaimed recording projects as well as on those of Trio Da Paz, a Brazilian jazz trio Lubambo formed with Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca. Romero Lubambo is considered by critics to be "the best practitioner of his craft in the world today... the guitarist's facility, creativity and energy are in a class all their own."
Romero Lubambo website: romerolubambo.com
The Naples Philharmonic website: May Jazz with Romero Lubambo


JUNE JAZZ: THE NPJO PLAYS THE MUSIC OF DIZZY GILLESPIE
FEATURING DAN MILLER
June 13, 2012 (Thursday)
The Naples Philharmonic website: June Jazz with Dan Miller




The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra will begin it's third season in November with an all-star lineup including Russell Malone (11/26), Steve Turre (12/12), Randy Brecker (1/17), Carla Cook (2/14), Dick Hyman (3/28), Jerry Stawski will be featured playing the Music of Jerome Kern (4/25), Romero Lubambo (5/14), and I will be featured playing the Music of Dizzy Gillespie (6/13). This series has been a tremendous success and we look forward to bringing world class jazz musicians to SW Florida.




The Dan Miller -Lew Del Gatto Quartet at The Roadhouse
Every Tuesday Night (September 2012 - June 2013)
I am pleased to announce that the group with Lew Del Gatto, Stu Shelton, Patricia Dean and I will be appearing at The Roadhouse Cafe in Fort Myers every Tuesday throughout the 2012 -2013 season starting September 18th. Marc and Sheri Neeley and Lynda Colombo have a beautiful restaurant and jazz club and we look forward to great music there.




The Gulf Coast Big Band
I am also happy to announce my being named as the Musical Director and Conductor for the Gulf Coast Big Band. This is an organization entering it's 20th year and I know we will have six swinging concerts in Cambier Park in Naples (11/18, 12/16, 1/27, 2/17, 3/10 and 4/7). We will be playing the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and all the great bands.




Campiello with the Dan Heck and Rebecca Richarson Quartet
Every Saturday Night (November 2012 - May 2013)
Once again this season I will playing Saturday nights, starting November 17th, with the Dan Heck - Rebecca Richardson Quartet at Campiello in Naples. This is a wonderfully swinging group that features Rebecca's sophisticated vocals. The music, the excellent food at Richard D'Amico's Campiello and the atmosphere of 3rd Street in downtown Naples makes for a perfect combination.




New Years Eve at JD's Bistro
December 31, 2012
This New Years Eve I will be at JD's Bistroin Port Charlotte, Florida with an All-Star group featuring Lew Del Gatto (tenor), Doug Bickel (piano), Marty Morell (drums) and Richard Drexler (bass). This should be one of the highlights of the season musically.




Summer 2012
The summer of 2012 was a very busy one musically. I enjoyed participating and teaching at two jazz workshops, Steve DeLadurantey's at Gulf Coast High School in June and Benny Bolden's at Barron Collier High School in July. Lew Del Gatto, Stu Shelton, Patricia Dean and I played every Tuesday in downtown Fort Myers at Space 39 with the organ group for three months (May-July). It was great there and we look forward to returning there during the upcoming season. That particiular group (with Dan Heck on guitar) will be playing concerts in Sarasota, Naples and Bonita Springs this season as well.




Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Septet
Featuring special guests Glenn Basham, Dan Heck and Jerry Stawski
June 14, 2012

Benefit Concert: Footsteps to the Future Presents Jazzin’ It Up!
An Electrifying Evening of Jazz Music
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Glenn Basham (violin)
Dan Heck (guitar)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Paul Shewchuk (bass)
Ron Hefner (drums)
Suzie Hulcher (vocals)

Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-1933
Thursday June 14, 2012 at 6:15 p.m.
The VIP Reception begins at 5:00 p.m.
Online Tickets and Info: Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center website

Footsteps to the Future presents Jazzin’ It Up! An Electrifying Evening of Jazz Music on Thursday June 14, 2012 at the historic Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. The concert, benefiting Footsteps to the Future, will feature some of the finest jazz musicians in NYC and Florida.

This year’s concert will feature:

NYC tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto, who was a member of the Saturday Night Live Band from 1975 – 2005, has recorded for such artists as Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, the Brecker Brothers and has performed with Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock and Buddy Rich

NYC jazz trumpeter Dan Miller, who has toured and recorded with Harry Connick Jr., Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Jones, Woody Herman and has performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Branford Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Randy Brecker, Frank Foster and Jon Hendricks

Virtuoso violinist Glenn Basham, the concertmaster for the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the artist faculty at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, also serves as the first violinist in the Bergonzi String Quartet and has frequently performed with jazz artist Ira Sullivan

Jazz guitarist Dan Heck, a graduate of the Berklee School of Music who made his mark on the jazz scenes of NYC and Seattle playing and recording with Joe Doria, Thomas Marriott and Jay Thomas

The world-class rhythm section features pianist Jerry Stawski, bassist Paul Shewchuk and drummer Ron Hefner. The wonderfully swinging and talented jazz vocalist Susie Hulcher will be featured as well.

The Jazzin’ It Up concert will benefit Footsteps to the Future, Inc., a unique mentoring program in Lee and Collier Counties and a model for change in Southwest Florida and the nation. Its goal is to empower young women in and aging out of foster care, to safely and successfully transition to living independently through programs such as mentoring, transitional living and advocacy. Celebrate with us as we promote our current pilot projects, the Academic Achievement and Tutoring Programs.

The event will be held at the historic Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First Street, Fort Myers, on Thursday June 14, 2012 at 6:15 p.m. The VIP Reception begins at 5:00 p.m. General Admission doors open at 6:00 p.m. The event also features a Silent Auction, a Mystery Box Raffle and a Decadent Dessert Raffle.

VIP Tickets are $50, or two for $85 (includes preferred seating, reception with a buffet featuring the culinary delights of Chef Brian Baker and Jayne Baker of the Roadhouse Cafe). VIP Tables (8 seats with reserved seating) are available on a very limited basis for $400. General Admission Tickets are $25, or two for $45. Student Admission is $10. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, April 17th.

Tickets are available at www.sbdac.com (the Sidney Berne Davis Art Center website) or at www.footstepstothefuture.org (Footsteps to the Future website)

For VIP Tables, sponsorship opportunities or general information call Footsteps to the Future Founder and Executive Director Judi Woods at (239) 281-7378. Reserved seating is limited. Footsteps to the Future, Inc. is a non-profit 501c (3).



2011 - 2012 ALL THAT JAZZ SERIES at the NAPLES PHILHARMONIC
November 2011 - June 2012
After the great success of last season's sold out series, the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra returns for it's second season with an amazing lineup of internationally acclaimed guest stars.

INTRODUCING THE PHILHARMONIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Come hear the finest live jazz music in the region as the all-star Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra headlines this new series in the intimate setting of Daniels Pavilion. Each concert in All That Jazz will feature an esteemed special guest artist. Six exciting programs showcasing a variety of great jazz music!

The Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra is:
Glenn Basham (coordinator and violin)
Lew Del Gatto (co-bandleader and tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (co-bandleader and piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)

The Naples Philharmonic
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
The Naples Phil website

Each ALL THAT JAZZ event will have two nightly shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER JAZZ: DENNIS ROWLAND
November 16, 2011 (Wednesday)
Dennis Rowland was the featured vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra 1977 - 1983. Born and raised in Detroit, he was brought up listening to his parents’ jazz and gospel records while also immersing himself in the local Motown sound. Hearing Joe Williams at the age of five or six was the most formative influence of all for Rowland. Dream became reality when Rowland joined the Count Basie Orchestra in 1977. He spent seven years with them, and shared the stage with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Tony Bennett. He has also toured with Grover Washington, Jr. and played with the Ray Anthony Orchestra.
Dennis Rowland website www.dennisrowland.com
The Naples Phil website: November Jazz with Dennis Rowland


DECEMBER JAZZ: IRA SULLIVAN
December 28, 2011 (Wednesday)
Ira Sullivan, a five-time Grammy nominee, is a unique figure in jazz music as a multi-instrumentalist who is a master of the trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone and flute. He has performed and recorded with some of the greatest figures in jazz history including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Red Rodney, Johnny Griffin and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Mr. Sullivan, originally from Chicago, was an integral part of that city’s vibrant jazz scene during the 1950’s and ‘60’s. He has lived in Miami since the early ‘60’s and continues to tour the world performing concerts and teaching clinics.
Ira Sullivan website www.irasullivanjazz.com
The Naples Phil website: December Jazz with Ira Sullivan


JANUARY JAZZ: MIKE MAINIERI
January 12, 2012 (Thursday)
Primarily recognized as an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, Mike Mainieri's equally remarkable talents as producer, performer, arranger, and composer have contributed to shaping the cutting edge in music. During the ‘50s and early ‘60s, he performed with such legendary artists as Buddy Rich, Billie Holliday, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins and Wes Montgomery. At the age of 20, he won Downbeat's International Jazz Critic's Award. In the late 70s, Mike founded the pioneering jazz/fusion group Steps Ahead, which included previous cohorts Michael Brecker, Eddie Gomez, Steve Gadd and Don Grolnick. Delving into contemporary sounds while maintaining experimental sounds and compositional integrity, Steps Ahead was and is a launching pad for young talent and new musical ideas.
Mike Mainieri website: www.nycrecords.com
The Naples Phil website: January Jazz with Mike Mainieri


FEBRUARY JAZZ: CHARLES MCPHERSON
February 16, 2012 (Thursday)
Charles McPherson has toured the US, Europe, Japan, Africa and South America with his own group, as well as with jazz greats Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton, Nat Adderly, Jay McShann and others. McPherson has recorded as guest artist with Charlie Mingus, Barry Harris, Art Farmer, Kenny Drew, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded as leader on Prestige, Fantasy, Mainstream, Discovery, Xanadu, and most recently Arabesque. His most recent recording is the highly acclaimed "Manhattan Nocturne". Charles was also the featured alto saxophonist in the Clint Eastwood film "Bird," a biography about Charlie Parker.
Charles McPherson website www.charlesmcpherson.com
The Naples Phil website: February Jazz with Charles McPherson


MARCH JAZZ: BOBBY SHEW
March 22, 2012 (Thursday)
Bobby Shew, a Los Angeles based jazz and lead trumpeter, has played and recorded with the small groups of Art Pepper, Bud Shank, The Horace Silver Quintet and Frank Strazzeri-Sam Most, as well as numerous big bands such as Buddy Rich, Tommy Dorsey, Bill Holman, Louie Bellson, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin, Oliver Nelson, Bill Berry, Nat Pierce-Frank Capp Juggernaut, Ed Shaughnessy, Terry Gibbs, Benny Goodman, Maynard Ferguson, Neal Hefti, Don Menza, and Bob Florence. In addition to being a sideman, Bobby is also a leader, recording many of his own albums. Several of these received very high accolades from critics and high placement on the airplay charts. One of his albums, 'Outstanding In His Field' was nominated for a Grammy in 1980, while, 'Heavy Company' was awarded the Jazz Album Of The Year in 1983. He also spent many years in the Los Angeles recording studios working on countless TV shows, record albums and film soundtracks.
Bobby Shew website www.bobbyshew.com
The Naples Phil website: March Jazz with Bobby Shew


APRIL JAZZ: DANTE LUCIANI
April 19, 2012 (Thursday)
Dante Luciani, formerly the lead trombonist and soloist with the Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson Orchestras, Luciani has performed with various artists, including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ben Vereen, Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Anthony Newley, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, and Paquito D’Rivera. Dante Luciani is a lecturer in jazz trombone in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where is coordinator of the Jazz Brass program, and conducts the award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band (CJB).
The Naples Phil website: April Jazz with Dante Luciani


MAY JAZZ: THE NPJO PLAYS THE MUSIC OF DUKE ELLINGTON
FEATURING GLENN BASHAM
May 10, 2012 (Thursday)
Violinist Glenn Basham possesses a magnificent tone, dazzling technique and brilliant musicianship which allows him to create joyous, soaring improvisations. Glenn is a dynamic soloist who will bring his own highly personal artistry to his interpretation of Ellington's music. He has a B.M. degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and an M.M. degree from Indiana University and is the concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been a member of the artist faculty at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami since 1992. He also serves as the first violinist in the Bergonzi String Quartet, which is the quartet-in-residence at the Frost School of Music. Basham, a native of Washington D.C., previously played with the Detroit Symphony under Antal Dorati and was a member of the Chester String Quartet.
The Naples Phil website: May Jazz with Glenn Basham


JUNE JAZZ: THE NPJO PLAYS THE MUSIC OF COUNT BASIE
FEATURING LEW DEL GATTO
June 7, 2012 (Thursday)
Saxophonist Lew Del Gatto whose big, beautiful, warm sound and swinging style place him firmly in the tradition of the great Basie tenor men. Lew has been a dynamic figure in the music scene for over 40 years. His versatility and knowledgeable comprehension of musical art-form was the basis for a stellar career. He has been involved with jingles, films, jazz and television. He was a saxophonist with the Saturday Night Live band from 1975-2005. He has recorded for such artists as Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Harry Connick Jr and the Brecker Brothers. Lew has appeared with many giants in the music world, including Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Liza Minelli, Buddy Rich, Herbie Hancock, Phil Woods and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra.
The Naples Phil website: June Jazz with Lew Del Gatto




Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet with Jazz Legend Ira Sullivan
June 9, 2011
Benefit Concert: Footsteps to the Future Presents Jazzin’ It Up!
An Electrifying Evening with Jazz Legend Ira Sullivan

Ira Sullivan (trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone and flute)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Scott Smith (bass)
Ron Hefner (drums)
Suzie Hulcher (vocals)

**Post-concert note: We had an incredible night of jazz music with over 400 in attendance. Everyone played beautifully and Ira burned all night. The evening was a fabulous success for Footsteps To The Future.

Photos of the event are in the Gallery

Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-333-1933
Thursday June 9, 2011 at 6:15 p.m.
The VIP Reception to meet musicians begins at 5:15 p.m.
Online Tickets and Info: Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center website

Footsteps to the Future presents Jazzin’ It Up! An Electrifying Evening with Jazz Legend Ira Sullivan on Thursday June 9, 2011 at the historic Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. The concert, benefiting Footsteps to the Future, will feature Ira Sullivan along with some of the finest jazz musicians in Florida.

Mr. Sullivan, a five-time Grammy nominee, is a unique figure in jazz music as a multi-instrumentalist who is a master of the trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone and flute. He has performed and recorded with some of the greatest figures in jazz history including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Red Rodney, Johnny Griffin and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

Mr. Sullivan, originally from Chicago, was an integral part of that city’s vibrant jazz scene during the 1950’s and ‘60’s. He has lived in Miami since the early ‘60’s and continues to tour the world performing concerts and teaching clinics. Music education is a very important part of Ira’s life.

In addition to Sullivan, the concert also features tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto, who worked and recorded in NYC for over forty years and was a member of the Saturday Night Live Band from 1975 – 2005. Also featured is NYC jazz trumpeter Dan Miller, who toured and recorded with Harry Connick Jr., Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Jones and Woody Herman. The world-class rhythm section features pianist Jerry Stawski, bassist Scott Smith and drummer Ron Hefner. Singer/songwriter Susie Hulcher will be featured vocalist at the VIP reception.

The Jazzin’ It Up concert will benefit Footsteps to the Future, Inc, a unique mentoring and transitional living program in Lee and Collier Counties and a model for change in Southwest Florida and the nation. Its goal is to empower young women in and aging out of foster care, to safely and successfully transition to living independently through programs such as mentoring, transitional living and advocacy.

The event will be held at the historic Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First Street, Fort Myers, on Thursday June 9, 2011 at 6:15 p.m. The VIP Reception to meet musicians begins at 5:15 p.m. The event also features a Live and Silent Auction, a Fabulous Dessert Raffle.

VIP Tickets are $50, or two for $80 (includes reserved seating, reception featuring the culinary delights of Chef Brian Baker and time to mingle with the musicians). General Admission tickets are $25, or two for $45. Student Admission is $10. Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 1st.

For more info and to reserve your seats, visit www.footstepstothefuture.org or call Founder/Executive Director Judi Woods at 239 281-7378. Reserved seating is limited. Footsteps to the Future, Inc. is a non-profit 501c (3). Sponsorship opportunities are available.




2011 ALL THAT JAZZ SERIES at the NAPLES PHILHARMONIC
January - April 2011
INTRODUCING THE PHILHARMONIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Come hear the finest live jazz music in the region as the all-star Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra headlines this new series in the intimate setting of Daniels Pavilion. Each concert in All That Jazz will feature an esteemed special guest artist. Four exciting programs showcasing a variety of great jazz music!

The Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra is:
Glenn Basham (coordinator, violin and harmonica)
Lew Del Gatto (co-bandleader and tenor saxophone)
Jerry Stawski (co-bandleader and piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
Kevin Mauldin (bass)
Dan Miller (trumpet)

The Naples Philharmonic
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900
The Naples Phil website

Each Thursday evening ALL THAT JAZZ event will have two nightly shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

1. JANUARY JAZZ: RANDY BRECKER
January 6, 2011
The Grammy Award-winning trumpet and flugelhorn player joins the Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra for this eclectic opening program. Brecker was an original member of Blood Sweat & Tears, and has performed with artists ranging from James Taylor to Bruce Springsteen to Frank Sinatra.
The Naples Phil website: January Jazz with Randy Brecker

2. FEBRUARY JAZZ: WARREN CHAISSON
February 10, 2011
The pioneering vibraphonist has performed with George Shearing, Chet Baker, B.B. King and many others. He appeared with Benny Goodman in a historic From Spirituals to Swing concert at Carnegie Hall, filling in for Lionel Hampton. This program will feature a tribute to Hampton and more!
The Naples Phil website: February Jazz with Warren Chiasson

3. MARCH JAZZ: GENE BERTONCINI
March 10, 2011
Lyrical and versatile guitarist Gene Bertoncini has been called "the Segovia of jazz." One of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists of the past four decades, Bertoncini has played with Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Wayne Shorter, Vic Damone and many others.
The Naples Phil website: March Jazz with Gene Bertoncini

4. APRIL JAZZ: BOB KELLER
April 28, 2011
In a career spanning 50 years, tenor saxophonist Bob Keller has played with the Buddy Rich Jazz Orchestra, Walt Levinskys Great American Swing Band, various New York City nightclub orchestras, Broadway pit orchestras and on numerous recordings.
The Naples Phil website: April Jazz with Bob Keller





Lee County (Florida) All-County Jazz Band

March 31, 2011
I'd like to acknowledge the acheivements of four of my private students who earned spots in the band this year through extremely hard work and diligent practice.

Matt DeVries (tenor saxophone)
Mike Yapello (tenor saxophone)
Christian Allmendinger (jazz trumpet)
Melody Cooke (piano)

The students worked extremely hard over two long days of rehearsals focusing on the original arrangements of the Buddy Rich Band, the Stan Kenton Orchestra and the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra.




Florida Music Educators Association Conference

January 13 - 14, 2011
I went to Tampa this January for the annual Florida Music Educators Association Conference (F.M.E.A.) which included rehearsals and a performance by the Florida All State Jazz Band. This year's band was directed by Scotty Barnhart, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Florida State University and featured soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra for nearly 20 years.

I'd like to acknowledge the acheivements of two of my private students, Matt DeVries (tenor saxophone) and Christian Allmendinger (trumpet) who earned spots in the band this year through extremely hard work and diligent practice.

I spent the day at the Yamaha booth in the exhibition hall talking trumpet and jazz with many old freinds and met many new ones. The Yamaha contingent was headed by the company's southeastern rep extrordinaire, Dino Ricco. Thanks for everything guys! I spent the evening listening to the band rehearse and it was cooking. Enrique Sanchez, the lead trumpet player from Orlando, was swinging and incredibly musical. Scotty selected a beautiful program of music by Duke Ellimgton, Thad Jones and Frank Foster. Matt and Christian played beautiful solos and I was proud of their performances.




Dan Miller - Jeff Phillips Organ Quintet

September 16, 2010
I'm very excited about this special concert. I'll be leading a powerfully swinging jazz quintet into the Center for the Arts. Playing a program of classic jazz music from the 1950s and 1960s, this group features world class jazz organist Jeff Phillips, guitarist Dan Heck, tenor saxophonist Gerald Augustin and drummer Ron Hefner.

The Art League of Bonita Springs Presents Live at The Promenade
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Jeff Phillips (organ)
Dan Heck (guitar)
Gerald Augustin (tenor saxophone)
Ron Hefner (drums)

Bonita Art League website
Concert 7:00 p.m.
Promenade at Bonita Bay
26831 South Bay Drive
The intersection of U.S. 41 and South Bay Drive approximately 1.5 miles north of Bonita Beach Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
info & tickets call 239-495-8989




Dan Miller - Lew Del Gatto Quintet

June 10, 2010
Benefit Concert: Jazzin' it Up with Footsteps to the Future
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
Joe Delaney (piano)
Doug Kirschner (bass)
Ron Hefner (drums)
Suzie Hulcher (vocals)

We had an incredible concert at the beautiful Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on June 10th to benefit Footsteps to the Future. We drew a standing room only crowd of 350-plus and had a wonderful night of music.

event poster: Jazzin' it Up with Footsteps to the Future Poster

Photos of the event are in the Gallery

Additional photos of this event can be found in the Fort Myers News Press Downtown Diva photo gallery:
Fort Myers News Press photo gallery




Cypress Lake Center for the Arts Jazz Night

April 29, 2010
CLCA plays the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thad Jones, Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock

Photos of the event are in the Gallery





Lee County (Florida) All-County Jazz Band

March 25, 2010

I had a beautiful time leading this year's All County High School Jazz Band for Lee County (Florida). The students worked extremely hard over two long days of rehearsals focusing on the original arrangements of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra.

They played an ambitious program which included Duke Ellington's Cottontail, Herbie Hancock's Chameleon, Sammy Nestico's Front Burner, Thad Jones' To You and Big Dipper. It was a tremendous concert and I'd like to acknowledge the acheivement of six of my private students who played wonderfully.

Dylan Taylor (alto saxophone)
Matt DeVries (tenor saxophone)
Steffanee Davis (lead trombone)
Christian Allmendinger (jazz trumpet)
Grant Hudson (guitar)
Melody Cooke (piano)





New Orleans Jazz Pianist & Vocalist Davell Crawford

February 4 - 6, 2010

Ellington's welcomes New Orleans Jazz Artist Davell Crawford. Davell is a world class pianist & vocalist in the great New Orleans piano tradition of Professor Longhair, James Booker, Dr.John and Harry Connick Jr.

Davell Crawford (piano & vocals)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Jay Heavilin (bass)
Ron Hefner (drums)

Davell Crawford website

Two Shows 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Ellington's Jazz Club & Restaurant
1244 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel Island, FL 33957
239.472.0494
239.337.JAZZ





Jazz Foundation of America's 18th Annual Jazz Loft Party in NYC

October 18, 2009

Photos from the event are in the Gallery

Danny and I are fortunate to be part of the Jazz Foundation of America's Loft Party once again this year.

The Danny Sinoff Quartet
Danny Sinoff (piano)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Neal Caine (bass)
Anthony Pinciotti (drums)
Lenox Lounge Loft
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

601 West 26th Street
13th Floor (between 11th & 12th Aves.)
New York City, NY
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Jazz Foundation of America website

Featuring The Heath Brothers, Madeleine Peyroux, Stanley Jordan, Eric Lewis, Gloria Lynne, Mark Murphy, Buster Williams, Henry Butler, Sweet Georgia Brown, Harlem Blues & Jazz All Stars, the Hot 8 Brass Band from New Orleans and many more legends...bands change every hour.

A traditional old-time "Rent Party" benefit for Jazz Foundation's Musicians' Emergency Fund.

For more information call 212.245.3999

This is NOT a public event. It is "invitation only." Space is limited. Reserve your tickets as soon as possible for $250.




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Ellington's Jazz Club Grand Re-Opening

August 2009

Ellington's Jazz Club & Restaurant has re-opened at it's beautiful, new location on Sanibel Island. The new home of Elllington's is at 1244 Periwinkle Way, in the gorgeous building that was formerly La Dolce Vita. Ellington's is the only place in SW Florida that features live, acoustic jazz music seven nights a week.

The Danny Sinoff Quartet featuring Dan Miller
Fridays - Saturdays
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Danny Sinoff (piano & vocals)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Jay Heavilin (bass)
Ron Hefner (drums)

Ellington's Jazz Club & Restaurant
1244 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel Island, FL 33957
239.472.0494
239.337.JAZZ

Full weekly schedule found at Ellington's website:

Ellington's Jazz Club and Restaurant website





Ellington's Final Night at the Sanibel Inn

June 27, 2009
Ellington's Jazz Bar and Restaurant has been a mainstay on the Florda jazz scene since 2003. The club is moving to a new location on Sanibel Island and I wanted to do something special for the final night at the Sanibel Inn. I wrote a five-horn book featuring the music of Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane, Horace Silver and some of my originals as well. To expand the regular quartet to an octet, I asked some of Florida's finest young jazz musicians to join us and it was truly a swinging affair. It was a wonderful evening of music with old friends and the club was really electrified by the beautiful playing of these fine young men. The band really burned on a program which included Let's Cool One, Move, Wee See, Tin Tin Deo, Ceora, Moment's Notice, Walkin' and Juicy Lucy.

Danny Sinoff (piano & vocals)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Dylan Taylor (alto)
Gerald Augustin (tenor)
Sam Taylor (tenor)
Jeremiah St.John (trombone)
Jay Heavilin (bass)
Ron Hefner (drums)

A photo of the group can be found in the Gallery

There have been some tremendous nights in the club over the last few years. Ellington's has featured the artistry some of jazz music's greatest stars including David 'Fathead' Newman, Jimmy McGriff, Bobby Watson, Freddie Cole, Jon Weber, Davell Crawford, the Brubeck Brothers (Chris, Darius and Dan), Doug Bickel, Curtis Lundy, Jimmy Norman, Mike DiMicco, Randy Napolean, Johnnie Mae Dunson, Cynthia Saunders and Mindi Abair.

Wendy Oxenhorn, the President of the Jazz Foundation of America, has been responsible for many an incredible night at the club. Over the past few years, she organized bi-annual JFA fundraising events at Ellington's which featured world class jazz and blues artists.

I'd also like to recognize some of the fine players who made up the roster of regular musicians I've had the pleasure of playing with in the club over the past few years:

Piano: Danny Sinoff, Don Coates, Stu Shelton, Skip Perry, Fred Wackenhut, Gary Goetz, Dan Tudor
Bass: Jay Heavilin, Doug Kirschner, Kenny Fitzgerald (RIP), Kevin Mauldin, Vince Evans, Alex Albanese, Aurora Wells
Drums: Ron Hefner, Tim Ruger, Darrell Nutt, Trimble McCollough
Guitar: Bryan Leitch

I'd also like to thank the owners of Ellington's, Jill Algrin and Sharon Wise, who have worked incredibly hard to bring acoustic jazz music to SW Florida. They have built a unique entity, not only for the Sanibel/Ft.Myers/Naples area, but for all of Florida--a nightclub which features live acoustic jazz music nightly and fine dining.

As previously mentioned, Ellington's is moving to an exciting, new location which will be announced shortly.





Golden Gate Jazz Camp

June 6 - 18, 2009

Photos from my brass clinic are in the Gallery

Naples Daily News Gallery





Cypress Lake Center for the Arts Jazz Night

April 30, 2009
CLCA plays the music of Dizzy Gillespie

Photos of the event are in the Gallery





Barron Collier High School Jazz Night
April 27, 2009
Featuring Special Guests Lew Del Gatto and Danny Sinoff

Photos of the event are in the Gallery





Naples Jazz Festival
April 17 - 18, 2009
High School & College Jazz Festival
with Clinics and Adjudications
Steve DeLadurantey, the Director of Bands at Golden Gate High School in Naples, organized the Second Annual Naples Jazz Festival. It featured two days of clinics and concerts by college and high school jazz bands from all over the state of Florida. The adjudicators/clinicians included some old friends including trombonist Dante Luciani, with whom I was on Maynard Ferguson's Band. We went all over the world with Maynard that year including Europe, Japan and India. Dante is currently the professor of jazz trombone at the University of Miami where he also conducts the UM Concert Jazz Band. He is burning as ever and often works with Ira Sullivan. The incredibly swinging drummer Leon Anderson, is the director of jazz studies at Florida State University in Talahassee, which features a world-class faculty including Marcus Roberts, Paul McKee and Scotty Barnhart. He's toured internationally and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Marcus Roberts and Victor Goines. Pianist Jeff Phillips is a staple of the Orlando scene and played beautifully. We worked with high school and college bands all day and heard some excellent bands from all over the state. The University of Miami brought it's top jazz ensemble (the CJB) and they burned the house down, especially on Woody Herman's Hallelujah Time. We closed the festival with a concert by the clinicians which was a swinging affair. We were joined by the tremendous bassist from Philadelphia, Doug Kirschner. This festival was a great success made so by the great efforts of the directors, band parents and students and they look to continue building the event in the future.

Dan Miller (trumpet)
Dante Luciani (trombone)
Leon Anderson (drums)
Jeff Phillips (piano)
Doug Kirschner (bass)

Photos of the event are in the Gallery





Lee County (Florida) All-County Jazz Band
April 2, 2009
Chris Vadala, Director of Jazz Studies/Professor of Saxophone at the University of Maryland and former featured soloist with Chuck Mangione, led this year's All County Jazz Band for Lee County (Florida). They played an ambitious program which included Oliver Nelson's Stolen Moments and Thelonious Monk's Well You Needn't. It was a tremendous concert and I'd like to acknowledge the acheivement of eight of my students who played wonderfully.

Dylan Taylor (alto saxophone)
Matt DeVries (tenor saxophone)
Zach Charlebois (baritone saxophone)
Steffanee Davis (lead trombone)
Jeremiah St.John (jazz trombone)
Christian Allmendinger (lead trumpet)
Grant Hudson (bass)
Preeti Sareen (piano)

Photo: Christian Allmendinger, Dan, Jeremiah St.John and Dylan Taylor





David 'Fathead' Newman 1933 - 2009
February 24, 1933 - January 20, 2009
I spoke at length with David and Karen Newman on Christmas Day 2008. He talked of just finishing a new record and that he was getting ready to go to Chicago to play Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase for New Years Eve. I was hoping to see him and Karen again soon, so it was with great suprise and sadness that I heard of David's passing on January 21st. I was very fortunate to have met David Newman through an association with Wendy Oxenhorn and the Jazz Foundation of America. After a meeting him at a Jazz Foundation event, Jill Algrin and Sharon Wise (the owners of Ellington's Jazz Bar and Restaurant) invited David to work the club in March 2006 and he started to come down every March and November.

David was a great artist who possessed an incredible spirit and a gentle soul. He descended from a long line of great Texas tenormen going back to Herschel Evans with Count Basie, Illinois Jacquet and Arnett Cobb with Lionel Hampton and his contemporaries like James Clay, Don Wilkerson and Booker Ervin. I loved listening to David tell stories about growing up and practicing Bird solos with Ornette Coleman in Fort Worth. He answered endless questions I had about the people he played with including James Clay, Tina Brooks, Phil Guilbeau, Marcus Belgrave, Wynton Kelly and Lee Morgan. He and his wife Karen were such a joy to be around. Every time they walked into the club, everyone's spririt was lifted. And when he put those horns together--pure electricity!

David's playing was so swinging. He also had a rare combination of beauty and intensity that made his improvisations incredibly elegant. Two of my favorite recordings of his are The Sound of the Wide Open Spaces with James Clay and Wynton Kelly on Riverside (1960) and Lee Morgan's Sonic Boom on Blue Note (1967). I was living in the Dallas area (Denton, TX) while attending North Texas State in the late 1980's and James Clay would be playing weekly at The Green Parrot in Oak Cliff. I came to love Clay's playing and this record with he and Fathead is just killing! The hookup between David and Lee Morgan on Sonic Boom is so groovy. They fit together hand in glove.

My thoughts go out to David's lovely wife Karen, an incredible woman of great strength and kindness.

David Newman was a wonderful man and musician whom I greatly miss.

Photo: David 'Fathead' Newman and Dan at Ellington's 2008





Florida Music Educators Association Conference
January 8 - 9, 2009
I went to Tampa this January for the annual Florida Music Educators Association Conference (F.M.E.A.) which included rehearsals and a performance by the Florida All State Jazz Band. This year's band was directed by J.B. Scott, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida (Jacksonville). I've known J.B. since 1991 and I was looking forward to hanging out with him again and hearing what he would do with this band. He does an excellent job with the top jazz ensemble at U.N.F. and I knew he'd have these young musicians hooked up in no time.

I'd like to acknowledge the acheivements of my students, Dylan Taylor (alto saxophone) and Matt DeVries (tenor saxophone) who earned spots in the band's saxophone section this year through extremely hard work and diligent practice. These young men are swinging! Another one of my students, Alex Ravitz, was a member of the Florida All-State Symphony Orchestra on bass clarinet.

I spent the day at the Yamaha booth in the exhibition hall talking trumpet and jazz with many old freinds and met many new ones. The Yamaha contingent was headed by Philadelphia's own Ed Boyer and the company's southeastern rep extrordinaire, Dino Ricco. Thanks for everything guys! I spent the evening listening to the band rehearse and it was cooking. Gilbert Paz, the lead trumpet player from Miami, was outstanding. J.B. selected a challenging program including Greg Hopkins' chart for Buddy's band on Horace Silver's Nutville, which the band tore up. Dylan and Matt played beautiful solos all night and I was proud of their performances.

Photos:
Dylan Taylor and Matt DeVries
Dylan Taylor and J.B. Scott





Freddie Hubbard 1938 - 2008
April 7, 1938 - December 29, 2008
Freddie Hubbard: The Blue Note Years 1960-1965





New York City
September - October 2008
I spent September and October in New York City where I had a tremendous time hanging and playing with old friends and seeing family. I decided to drive up so I could remain mobile for my time in the city running between NYC, New Jersey, New Haven and Philly.

I was also re-united with my old running parnter from Texas, tenor saxophionist Tim McCall. Tim was at North Texas when I went there and we had a quintet together with pianist Steve Snyder. Tim was leading the Friday late night session at Smalls and he asked me to join him on the gig while in town. This was made extra special due to the fact that my old friend Spike Wilner was playing gorgeous piano (as always). I also had the pleasure of hearing Spike's group with Ryan Kisor and Joel Frahm play the music of Hampton Hawes, which was a gas.

Bobby Shew came to NYC on September 27th for the Yamaha Day of Jazz III which featured clinics by Bobby and trombonist Steve Turre at Yamaha Artist Services (689 5th Avenue). Keith Loftis (tenor saxophone) had his quartet there featuring the great Anthony Wonsey on piano and after the clinics, Bobby and Steve joined Keith's group for a beautiful concert. Afterwards we had a great dinner and hang with Bob Malone, Wayne Tanabe and Dave Lotozo of Yamaha. We then headed down to the Jazz Standard to hear the Tribute to Woody Shaw with Mulgrew Miller, Victor Lewis, Nick Roseboro, Enzana Edwards and Sean Jones. The event was part of Dave Douglas's Festival of New Trumpet Music and was organized by Woody's son, Woody III. We got to hang with the great George Cables most of he night as well. George was part of Bobby's quartet in California many years ago and they had a beautiful reunion. George led my small group for two years when I attended Bud Shank's Jazz Workshop in 1987 & 1988 (Bobby was teaching there as well) and it was so nice seeing him again. George is a phenomenal artist of great spirit and a true inspiration. I've known Bobby Shew for 25 years and not only is he one of the world's finest jazz trumpet players, he is my teacher, my mentor and my dear friend. What a tremendous evening!

Photo: Dan with Bobby Shew, Dave Lotozo & Bob Malone of Yamaha NYC October 2008

On October 2, Ned and I went up to New Haven to play at the Owl Room with Ben Wolfe. It's a beautiful cigar bar in the heart of New Haven on the Yale campus. Ned's son Charles played drums and he's incredibly groovy. Ben is the most swinging person on the planet. This trip is always a blast because the music is always hooked up and Ben and Ginger always take us on a New Haven pizza tour.

Owl Room Advertisement: Ben Wolfe Quartet October 2nd

Most Wednesday nights were spent up at Showman's Lounge on 125th Street with Jerry Weldon's organ trio featuring Kyle Kohler and Greg Bandy. This is always an extremely fun night as the music is burning (Jerry is absolutely crushing) and it seems like Lou Donaldson and Grady Tate are always making the hang.




New Content
September 2008
I have recently updated the Gallery with new photos from some recent events including E.W.U. Trumpet Madness. In the Articles section, I've added a list of Jazz Quotations, a brief overview on Embouchure Building and posted three solo transcriptions to the the article on Freddie Webster. I've also updated the discography and revised the article I wrote a few years ago on Freddie Hubbard's Blue Note Years. It was written for the now-defunct Jazz Trumpet Journal. The J.T.J. was a tremendous Los Angeles-based magazine in the 1990's and it's existence was a true labor of love by it's publisher/editor Albert Balderas. I've also developed a Student Resources page featuring articles, essays, interviews, recordings, tune study compilations and listings of historical, critical, biographaphical and instructional books.

Gallery
Jazz Quotations
Embouchure Building
Student Resources Archive
Freddie Hubbard: The Blue Note Years 1960-1965
Freddie Webster: The Best Sound On Trumpet Since Trumpet Was Invented




Eastern Washington University Trumpet Madness
May 7-10, 2008
I spent four days in Cheney, Washington participating in Eastern Washington University's annual Trumpet Madness event. The week featured clinics and concerts with myself, Vern Seilert and Byron Stripling. Andy Plamondon, EWU's trumpet professor, hosted an incredibly exciting and musical week. Vern Seilert, currently the professor of trumpet at the University of Idaho, and I attended North Texas State together and we were section mates in the Two O'Clock Lab Band under Jim Riggs. Vern's sound is gorgeous as ever and it was so much fun playing with him again. We both studied with the great Don Jacoby and traded some "Jake" stories while hanging out and catching up after the concert. Byron Stripling was a true inspiration. I first met Byron when he played lead for the Count Basie Orchestra. He always had time for young players with questions and he kindly and patiently answered every one until the bus was ready to depart. His fat sound and swinging musicality have been the hallmark of his playing for over 20 years. His motivational seminar was unlike any I've ever heard. His thoughts encompassed his outlook on life and the role of music in it. He focused on the level of dedication one must show in order to truly acheive our pursuits. His concert with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra was burning. He is in every sense of the word, an artist.

My time was filled with private lessons, clinics (trumpet, wedge and improvisation), rehearsals, trumpet sectionals and concerts with the big bands and small groups. I enjoyed playing a very swinging quartet gig with the EWU faculty rhythm section comprised of Don Goodwin (piano), Michael Waldrop (percussion) and Brian McCann (bass) in a local club. The downbeat was a mere ninety minutes after I got off of my cross country flight and playing with these wonderful musicians re-energized me. The highlight of the clinics, for me, is always meeting and working with the diverse cross section of highly motivated young players. I love talking with them about who they're listening to and what they're practicing. EWU has a wonderful group of musicians under the guidence of Andy Plamondon. Not only is Andy a dedicated teacher and excellent trumpet soloist in both jazz and classical styles, he truly cares for his students and really fosters a family-like atmosphere in the trumpet department. Andy and his students were a joy to be around and I look forward to returning in the future. Special thanks to Rob Tapper, the head of EWU's jazz department, for making me feel so welcome. Larry Chamberlain at Yamaha was instrumental in making this week a success and re-connecting with him after a few years was great. Larry is an excellent ambassador for Yamaha and his knowledge and love for music is what makes him the best in the business.

Photos from EWU Trumpet Madness can be found in the Gallery




David Miller Masters Recital at Rutgers University
April 22, 2008
My brother David completed his Masters Degree in Music at Rutgers University in May 2008. Dave assembled a group of old friends to perform at his recital and it was a wonderful weekend of music and fellowship. Dave wrote some great charts and the music was swinging tough! Dave completely burned. Playing with Ben and Ned is always a treat. Aaron's touch is so elegant and Rudy Royston swings like crazy. The post-concert party was a blast and was attended by family, friends and Dave's teachers including Stanley Cowell, Ralph Bowen and Conrad Herwig.

Congratulations Brother!

David Miller (trombone)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Ned Goold (tenor saxophone)
Ben Wolfe (bass)
Aaron Weiman (piano)
Rudy Royston (drums)

Photos from the concert can be found in the Gallery




Naples Jazz Festival
February 15-16, 2008
High School & College Jazz Festival with Clinics and Adjudications
Steve DeLadurantey, the Director of Bands at Golden Gate High School in Naples, organized the First Annual Naples Jazz Festival. It featured two days of clinics and concerts by college and high school jazz bands from all over the state of Florida. The adjudicators/clinicians included some old friends including trombonist Dante Luciani, with whom I was on Maynard Ferguson's Band. We went all over the world with Maynard that year including Europe, Japan and India. Dante is currently the professor of jazz trombone at the University of Miami where he also conducts the UM Concert Jazz Band. He is buring as ever and often works with Ira Sullivan. The fine tenor saxophonist Jeff Rupert is the director of jazz studies at the University on Central Florida in Orlando, and he's built an excellent program by bringing in world-class faculty. He spent a number of years in New York City playing with Lionel Hampton and getting his degree at Rutgers. Organist Jeff Phillips is a staple of the Orlando scene and was smoking on the B-3 walking pedals. We worked with high school and college bands all day and heard some excellent bands from all over the state. UCF brought it's top jazz ensemble as well as it's faculty small group which featured Jeff Rupert, pianist Per Danielsson, bassist Richard Drexler and drummer Marty Morrell of Bill Evans Trio fame. We closed the festival with a two-hour concert by the clinicians which was a blast. Playing with Marty Morrell was a gas and he's so swinging! This festival was a great success made so by the great efforts of the directors, band parents and students who worked very hard to start a jazz festival from scratch.

Dan Miller (trumpet)
Dante Luciani (trombone)
Jeff Rupert (tenor saxophone)
Jeff Phillips (B-3 organ)
Marty Morrell (drums)




University of North Florida
October 30-31, 2007
Clincs and Dizzy Gillespie Tribute Concert
I've known jazz trumpet player J.B. Scott for over 15 years. He was a featured soloist with the Dukes of Dixieland for a number of years and was a homegrown UNF grad himself, studying with Bruce Silva. He is a wonderful musician who currently leads the top jazz ensemble and teaches jazz trumpet at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. We've talked about doing a clinic and concert at UNF for years and we finally found a date. I told J.B. that I wanted to do a concert of the music of Dizzy Gillespie. I've been playing many of the original Dizzy big band arrangements for years on clinics, but never an entire program. The top band at UNF was hot and featured a tremendous lead trumpeter in James Justice and an excellent tenor saxophone soloist in Chris Miller. J.B. arranged for a full Latin percussion rhythm section for Tin Tin Deo, Manteca and A Night In Tunisia.

The two days were filled with trumpet lessons and clinics on the wedge and improvisation. The musicians at UNF are swinging and get their motivation from a world class faculty anchored by J.B., the legendary alto saxophonist Bunky Green, pianist Lynne Arielle, guitarist Barry Green and bassist Dennis Marks. Dennis and I were on Maynard's Band together traveling to Japan, Europe and India. Dennis had been teaching at the University of Miami in recent years, while traveling with Arturo Sandoval's band. He recently joined the faculty at UNF and after a little cajoling, he agreed to do Dizzy's feature for Ray Brown, One Bass Hit, with me and the big band. Dennis killed it, just fantastic. The trumpet students were very responsive to the wedge and the concepts of "the breath". There was great dialouge about the trumpet and jazz music and it was very refreshing to work with such focused young players. The night of the concert, the band burned the place down in front of a packed house at UNF's Boathouse. J.B. joined me on Birk's Works and A Night In Tunisia and he played his tail off. What a sound! It was also a great honor to spend time talking music with Bunky Green. Bunky was a part of that great 1950's-1960's Chicago scene with Ira Sullivan, Paul Serrano, Johnny Griffin, Clifford Jordan, John Jenkins, John Gilmore, Von Freeman, Jodie Christian, Don Garrett and Wilbur Campbell. His talk of the scene at that time made history truly come alive. What a tremendous pleasure. I look forward to returning as soon as possible.




12th Annual Jazz on the Green
October 27, 2007
As part of an incredibly busy month, The Danny Sinoff Quartet performed at the 16th Annual Jazz on the Green. This weekend of music is not only the biggest jazz festival in SW Florida, but it's also a charity event which benefits The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. The 2007 edition featured performances by internationally popular stars Rick Braun, Richard Elliott, Jeff Golub, Walter Beasley and Acoustic Alchemy. The Danny Sinoff Quartet opened the Sunday concert before a festival sized crowd on an incredibly beautiful day. Special thanks to everyone involved with the production, especially the support staff and the sound crew who made the day very enjoyable. It was a pleasure to lend our music to this wonderful charity event.

Jazz on the Green Photo Journal: Jazz on the Green Photo Journal

The Danny Sinoff Quartet:
Danny Sinoff (piano and vocals)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Jay Heavilin (bass)
Ron Hefner (drums)




Jazz Foundation of America 16th Annual Loft Party
October 14, 2007
New York City
I am honored to know Wendy Oxenhorn, the Director of the Jazz Foundation of America. She is selfless and has dedicated her life to tirelessly helping musicians and their families that are in need. The JFA has helped countless musicians and their families in need of medical assistance, housing assistance, legal aid and many other needs without reservation. Their work in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricaine Katrina, seemed overwhelming, but with Wendy at the helm, they helped hundreds find new housing, new instruments, new gigs in other cities and fufilled many needs. Wendy is an angel that walks among us and it's her boundless love and empathy for the artist and their plight, that drives her to achieve the goals of the JFA.

Jazz Foundation website: Jazz Foundation of America website

I have been participating in events for the JFA with Danny Sinoff for over three years now. The Loft Party is the second biggest event for the JFA annually after the "A Great Night In Harlem" Apollo Theater concert. The 2007 Loft Party was moving to a much larger space that would feature three separate stages: jazz, vocal and solo piano. Danny and I were to work in the "vocal" loft backing up a variety of great singers with two separate rhythm sections:

Dan Miller (trumpet)
Danny Sinoff and Jon Weber (piano)
Ben Wolfe and Carlo DeRosa (bass)
Chris Brown and E.J. Strickland (drums)

With such a stellar rhythm section line-up, this was guaranteed to swing like crazy. Playing with these guys was just beautiful. The featured vocalists included Danny Sinoff of course, also Gloria Lynne, Fay Victor, Jimmy Norman, Joe Lee Wilson, Stella Mars, and Pamela Luss. It was an incredible night of music, as between sets you could wander to the other rooms and hear Hank Jones, Jimmy Heath, Dr.Lonnie Smith, Randy Weston, Ben Riley, Benny Powell, Jason Moran, Eric Lewis, Bob Cranshaw and Davell Crawford in an endless parade of tremendous performances. It was a special night that I was proud to be a part of.




2007 Syracuse Jazz in the Square
July 26-28, 2007
I had an incredible week performing with Danny Sinoff at the 2007 Syracuse Jazz in the Square. The group featured Anthony Pinciotti on drums and Carlo DeRosa on bass, and they were swinging like crazy. We played with the Syracuse Symphony on Thursday and did a quartet set on Saturday. The festival was loaded with appearances by incredible musicians including Hubert Laws, Phil Woods, Rufus Reid, Billy Drummond, Ralph Pendland, Gerald Albright and Dave Budway. We led the jam session on Thursday night and played the session on Friday and Saturday, which stretched past 3:00 a.m. each night. During our time there, we played with some tremendous musicians based in Syracuse including Jeff Stockham and Jesse Collins. This festival is run by the tireless and thoroughly dedicated Larry Luttinger, an excellent drummer, and spearheaded by jazz fan and patron of the arts Senator John DeFrancisco. Thanks to both of them for making this a fantastic weekend.

The Danny Sinoff Quartet:
Danny Sinoff (piano and vocals)
Dan Miller (trumpet)
Carlo DeRosa (bass)
Anthony Pinciotti (drums)

Photos from Jazz in the Square can be found in the Gallery courtesy of photographer John Herr.

Here are two reviews from the Syracuse Post-Dispatch:

Syracuse Post-Dispatch
Thursday July 26, 2007 performance with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
Jazzing It Up Downtown
Friday, July 27, 2007
By Mark Bialczak
When a 25-year-old singer and pianist with worlds of potential brings his talented quartet to the forefront, that's a very good thing. Florida native Danny Sinoff showed the crowd that's he's an absolutely killer piano player, and his vocals are pretty darn hot, too. With the wonderful Danny Miller on trumpet, Anthony Pinciotti on drums and Carlo De Rosa on bass, Sinoff demonstrated chops and charisma with the ballad "I Wish You Love" and the swinging "On the Street Where You Live" from "My Fair Lady." Miller stood out with muted trumpet on the former and full-bore horn work on the latter. Then Sinoff said: "You guys like Cole Porter? Me, too." He showed it with a fine version of "Love for Sale."

Syracuse Post-Dispatch
Saturday July 28, 2007 performance with the Quartet
Allbright's Finale All Right: Sweet saxophone kisses Jazz in the Square good night
Sunday, July 29, 2007
By Mark Bialczak
Danny Sinoff and his band flipped through the pages of the Great American Songbook and found a wonderful ending. The 25-year-old vocalist and pianist earned two standing ovations. With Dan Miller on trumpet, Anthony Pinciotti on drums and Carlo De Rosa on bass backing him with style that screams big-time, Sinoff showed why he's earning comparisons with a guy from New Orleans who's pretty big in the pop singing biz. Yes, the young man from Florida sounds a lot like Harry Connick Jr. With a big voice, fast flurries on the piano and boyish charm, he won the crowd over with accessible versions of songs that have stood the test of time: "I Wish You Love," "Pennies from Heaven," "The Way You Look Tonight" and "September in the Rain" were bright and memorable. A good sign: Sinoff sounded just as good veering slightly from that well-traveled road with a quite lovely ballad "Stars Fell on Alabama" and sizzling, Sarah Vaughan-inspired "Teach Me Tonight."




New CD Release 7.2007
I'd like to announce the release of a new CD with Danny Sinoff. This is the third cd that I've done with Danny, an excellent young vocalist/pianist with whose group I've been working with since August 2005.

Ellington's Presents: The Danny Sinoff Quartet with special guest David 'Fathead' Newman was recorded in November 2006 and April 2007. This recording features the master of the Texas Tenor, David 'Fathead' Newman.

Discographical information: Ellington's Presents; The Danny Sinoff Quartet featuring David 'Fathead' Newman

To order the CD visit: E-Jazz Online




Maynard Ferguson 1928-2006
I was shocked when Craig Johnson called to tell me of Maynard's sudden passing, as MF seemed completely invincible. I always pictured him like Zeus, sitting on top of a mountain throwing lightning bolts at down at us mere mortals. I was fortunate enough to travel the world with Maynard, and his energy and enthusiasm were boundless and infectious. Every single time he stepped on stage, Maynard was determined to deliver a performance that would be his best.

To me, Maynard was first a hero, then a mentor and then a friend. I will miss his spirit more than anything.




New CD Release 11.2006
I'd like to announce the release of a new CD with Danny Sinoff, an excellent young vocalist/pianist with whose group I've been working with since August 2005. The Danny Sinoff Quartet: Live at Ellington's Volume 2 was recorded live in May 2006 and features a special guest appearance by the incredibly soulful vocalist Jimmy Norman.

Liner notes and discographical information: The Danny Sinoff Quartet: Live at Ellington's Volume 2

To order the CD visit: E-Jazz Online




New MySpace Music Page
I have a new MySpace Music page: http://www.myspace.com/danmillerjazz




New MP3 Content
There are many new MP3's on the site including a quartet recording featuring Ben Wolfe, Whitney Ashe and Anthony Pinciotti. I've also recently added music with Jon Weber, my brother Dave Miller's Sextet as well as excerpts from the new Danny Sinoff Quartet CD "Live At Ellington's: Volume 2". There are also excerpts of recordings with Wynton Marsalis, Tom Jones and Harry Connick Jr.




New Content
I have added a list of 200 Essential Small Group Jazz Recordings 1925-1975 to the articles section. I developed this list in response to numerous questions from students and teachers alike about what recordings to buy and how to start building a collection of great jazz records.



 


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