| Lloyd 'Doc' Mille founded and leads the Roaring Twenties band. In addition to his role with Roaring Twenties, he leads SwingnJive & L.A.Blues and is the music director for IDT. Miller has been playing authentic Chicago jazz since 1950 on all the instruments of the tradition. He has scored traditional jazz world premiers for Utah Symphony, Colorado Springs Symphony and Salt Lake Symphony. He won Intercollegiate Jazz Festival trohpies three consecutive years in the 1960s and several recent Utah Composers Guild awards.|
Miller earned a PhD in Persian from the Univeristy of Utah with a dissertation on music and song texts which has been published by Curzon Press under the title Music and Song in Persia. He has developed a set of dozens of transcription/arrangements of traditional jazz standards which Roaring Twenties use in their performances. Although the musicians are skilled instrumentalists, using transcriptions of original performances helps to maintain authenticity.
Musicians Who Have Played With Roaring Twenties
Musicians often seen performing with roaring Twenties include:Dick Skillicorn (cornet), Dan Henderson or Lisa Verzella (trumpet); Alisha Ard, Lee Fugal or Nate Seamans (trombone); Carey Hobbs (tuba); Jesse Crosby or Jared Pendley (banjo); Secily Saunders, Jenny Bangerter or Lacy Madsen (piano); Ben Johnson or Lars Yorgason (bass); Carey Hobbs or Steve Call (tuba); Lynn Brown, Ken Breinholt or Katherine St.John (drums) and Sister Maryam Muhammad (vocal). For special jazz history programs, Miller's scores have been performed by first chair instrumentalists from Utah Symphony or by U of U Jazz Studies director Henry Wolking, BYU jazz studies director Dr. Ray Smith, and other well respected members of Utah's jazz community.|
When on tour, 'Doc' Miller invites local musicians to perform with Roaring Twenties either as a opening act or as members of the band when they can read the transcriptions properly. As part of outreach activities in various communities, Miller trains junior instrumentalists to play traditional pieces in the Chicago style.
Miller's father (right) with the famous Doc Evans in
the 1927 Carleton College Algol
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