Mike Miller, born in Sioux Falls , South Dakota, the Hub of the Universe, is a Los Angeles based guitarist known for playing just about every kind of music there is.
Currently touring with legendary songwriter singer Boz Scaggs, Mike has played Jazz with Chick Corea, George Duke, Brand X and The Yellowjackets, Pop with Natalie Cole, Queen Latifah, Bette Midler and Quincy Jones, Rock with Gino Vanelli, Burton Cummings (The Guess Who) and Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), as well as numerous orchestral soloist performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, both the Seattle, Wa. and Portland, Ore. Symphonies, and the Israeli Philharmonic.
He first came to Los Angeles to record with the Fowler Brothers Airpocket, and has been playing the music of Frank Zappa since high school. He toured and recorded with Don Preston, Jimmy Carl Black, and Napoleon Murphy Brock in several versions of The Grandmothers, and also performed/recorded/composed and toured with the acclaimed Zappa alumni group “Banned from Utopia” on their U.S. and European tours and subsequent album, “So You Don’t Like Modern Art”.
He has been fortunate to have played and collaborated with some of the world’s great drummers, in particular, Mark Craney (Gino Vanelli, Jethro Tull), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa), Vinnie Coliauta (Frank Zappa, Sting), Peter Erskine (Weather Report), Steve Gadd (Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, James Taylor), Simon Phillips (The Who), David Garibaldi (Tower of Power), Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa), Ndugu (George Duke), Sonny Emory, Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr), Tom Brechtlein (Chick Corea), Alex Acuna (Weather Report), Gary Novack (Alanis Morrisette), Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Joey Heredia, and Joel Taylor.
Mike has appeared on more than 200 albums and has released a number of his own, as well as writing music for other artists’ releases, and continues to work on numerous film and television projects, which has garnished two Grammy nominations (Chick Corea and The Yellowjackets) and co/composing the music for the Academy Award winning film, “Breathing Lessons”