Troy Miller studied at the Guildhall School of music in London and when he graduated in 2000, started performing with Jean Toussaint and Soweto Kinch. From 2004 to present, Troy has toured and recorded with American Vibes Legend Roy Ayers. These included tours in Europe, Asia, Australia and the States, notably concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in LA, Montreaux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and a Blue Note tour of Japan and New York. Through Troy’s association with Roy, this lead on to tours with the late Don Blackman, Michael Urbaniak, Tom Browne and Ronnie Laws.
In 2004-2006, Troy toured extensively with Soul artists Roachford and Jocelyn Brown and in 2007 joined with Amy Winehouse and Producer Mark Ronson which included performances at the Grammies and Brits in 2008 as well as many other major festivals around Europe. In 2010, Troy played on the Platinum selling Record from Rumer, and more recently played on the critically acclaimed album ‘Sing to the Moon’ by Laura Mvula who he is now musical director for.
Other artists Troy has played with include: Adele, Lu Lu, Chaka Khan, Cliff Richard, Macy Gray, Branford Marsalis, Kyle Eastwood, Gary Bartz, Lonnie Liston Smith, Daniel Merriweather, Suggs , Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones, Sister Sledge, Q-Tip, Donna Summer, Mark Turner, John Newman.
Recent productions include 2 Albums for Sony Poland for artist Mika Urbaniak which won a ‘Frederic’ award for Best Pop Album and went Gold; The theme music for ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ for Channel 5 presented by Emma Bunton. A cover version of Nina Simone’s ‘Little Girl Blue’ with Laura Mvula (Columbia) which was used for the movie soundtrack for ’12 Days A Slave’ featuring Brad Pitt. Most recently, Troy Produced an album for Jason Rebello (Sting, Jeff Beck, Branford Marsalis) featuring Pino Palladino and British Soul Singer Omar.
Troy’s debut album ’40 Days’ was released in June 2006 under J’Noir Records and features veteran UK and US musicians Jean Toussaint, Jason Rebello, Eric Revis and Marcus Printup as well as long standing partners, Soweto Kinch, Michael Olatuja, Femi Temowo and Karim Merchant. The Album also features the Prague Philharmonic strings. Recorded in Brooklyn, New York, this stunning album fuses a blend of Jazz, Gospel and music from the Streets – now available on itunes and Amazon.
Troy is now a visiting professor at The Guildhall School Of Music and Drama in London and has been asked to give clinics at other institutions around the UK including Drum Tech, Trinity college of music and the Royal Academy of Music, London. He has had featured interviews with Drummer Magazine, Jazzwise and Rhythm Magazine and he endorses Yamaha Drums, Sabian cymbals, Pro-Mark Sticks and Evans Drumheads.
‘Miller has truly arrived. His music raises the bar for melodic ingenuity and good old-fashioned rhythmic excitement…..’Evening Standard
‘Equally in demand in Jazz and the hipper end of R&B, Troy welds together jazz technique, gospel spirituality and soulful groove.’ Financial Times
‘A Formidable musical force in gestation.’ Guardian
‘…his virtuosic technique sustained a rock steady beat…coaxing his band into sustaining high levels of focused intensity.’ Financial Times
‘The in-demand drummer Troy Miller has a top-notch band which fuses soul, gospel and hip- hop with jazz.’ Independent