At the age of 19, Jeffery Miller stepped onto the stage of the famed Apollo Theatre, and he brought the house down. The now 3-time Grammy-nominated trombonist was proudly introduced by the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), announcing that Jeffery was a recently admitted student on a full scholarship at The Juilliard School. Not his first performance on a great New York stage, when he was just 15, Mr. Miller performed at Carnegie Hall at the celebration of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 50th anniversary. He also performed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for their sold-out show at Madison Square Garden, while on tour with Arcade Fire.
Miller has shared the bandstand with many seasoned veterans including studio sessions with Donald Harrison Jr., Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Delfeayo Marsalis, and Herlin Riley. He played trombone in the 2014 Grammy Band. Jeffery Miller has been featured with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Opus Ball) and the Wynton Marsalis Septet (Abu Dhabi Festival 2017). He was featured on International Jazz Day 2016 at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a special event curated by Jon Batiste. He was the official composer and music director for The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit production of Measure for Measure in 2019.
Jeffery has been recognized with numerous awards and scholarships – among them, the 2014 and 2015 Young Arts Merit Awards in Jazz Trombone and he was the recipient of 2013 ASCAP Louis Prima Award. In May of 2018, Jeffery graduated from The Juilliard School with his Bachelor’s in Jazz Studies. And he received one of the first-ever Joseph W. Polisi “Artist as Citizen” awards from the man himself, Joseph Polisi, who stepped down as President of The Juilliard School that year. He has been nominated for 3 Grammy award before the age of 25 (Jon Batiste, John Legend).