Mark Christian Miller is a vocalist, painter and pianist.
After working professionally as a musical comedy performer, Mark won a scholarship to complete the two-year music program at Los Angeles City College from drummer David Alpert. At LACC Miller performed in Honors Concerts, was a member of the Dean’s Honor List, and was awarded the Robert V. Altheuser Scholarship for choral vocal performance. He was hosting an Honors Concert performance at LACC when he came to the attention of Teri Merrill-Aarons founder of the Los Angeles Jazz Society, who began booking Miller in top venues around town, often pairing him with pianist Gildo Mahones. (Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, Lou Rawls, Lorez Alexandria.) Scott Yanow in Music Connection Magazine called Miller “A superior vocalist, one of LA’s finest.” Miller was the featured vocalist for the Jazz Caravan, a series of shows the Los Angeles Jazz Society presented in middle schools throughout Los Angeles County, emceed by legendary DJ Chuck Niles. In 2000, Alan Eichler asked Mark to appear in a series of appearances with Anita O’Day at the Atlas Supper Club in Los Angeles. That same year Miller met Page Cavanaugh at a jam session, and went on to appear with and book Cavanaugh numerous times and recorded his debut CD “Dreamer With a Penny” with Cavanaugh, pianists Joyce Collins and Jane Getz, and drummer and Dave Tull. Michael Feinstein called Miller’s work “joyful, swinging, and a pleasure to hear.” Miller continued to work extensively in nightclubs and began booking and promoting music as well. He curated a seven year Sunday night jazz series at the legendary Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills, where he booked a wide variety of talent, including promising up and comers Sara Gazarek, Josh Nelson, Spencer Day, Graham Dechter, Kris Bowers and Kathleen Grace, as well as established artists like Page Cavanaugh, Jennifer Leitham, Betty Bryant, Julie Kelly, and many others. He also booked and promoted a long running series at Il Moro on the West Side, where he presented, among many others, Peter Erskine and the revered LA pianist/singer Dini Clarke.
Miller released his sophomore record in 2015 with Josh Nelson on piano, and guest artists Bob Sheppard, Ron Stout, and Larry Koonse. “Crazy Moon” spent four months on the JazzWeek charts, and was chosen as one of the top releases of 2015 by Jazz History Online. His third record, "Music in the Air" features arrangements and piano by Jamieson Trotter. Kevin Winard and Mike Gurrola are on drums and bass, guitarist Larry Koonse and alto sax player Danny Janklow.
Through Corniche Entertainment, Miller curated the “Music on the Main” summer series at Descanso Gardens for twelve years, presenting Sara Gazarek, Bob Mintzer, Krisin Korb, Betty Bryant, Spencer Day, Kathleen Grace, Barbara Morrison, Sammy Miller, Aaron Weinstein, and so many more. Mark has booked music for the City of West Hollywood, and LA Made at the Grand Central Library, where he worked with NEA Jazz Master Hubert Laws and presented Josh Nelson's mixed media Discovery Project," The Sky Remains." Through Corniche Entertainment Mark helps manage the career of Louie Cruz Beltran, and with Louie has worked with the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Blues Alley in Washington, DC. the Smithsonian Institute, Jazz at Drew.
Miller and studied piano at Los Angeles City College, and privately with Jane Getz and Joyce Collins. He occasionally performs at the keyboard, and it is the personal discovery, musical consistency and discipline his keyboard studies have given him that he most values.