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Jazz fans might recognize the music of James Miley, Willamette's new director of jazz studies.

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The recent CD from his band, Bug, is currently on the top 200 list at JazzWeek and is receiving significant airplay on stations across the U.S. and as far away as Poland and New Zealand.

The CD, The Gadfly, was released by Origin Records, which won a Grammy last year for best classical recording and was just named jazz label of the year by JazzWeek. The album has been garnering favorable reviews, including one from All Music Guide.

Miley, a jazz pianist, composed and arranged most of the material on the album, with contributions from his brother, Jeff Miley. The band will be performing and hosting master classes this year throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Miley also has a composition featured on a classical trumpet/piano recording being released next month. John Adler's album Confronting Inertia will include a trumpet sonata Adler commissioned Miley to write. Titled {this is} for trumpet and piano, Miley's piece straddles the line between jazz and improvised music and the classical tradition.

Miley joined the music faculty this fall. He directs the Willamette Jazz Collective, and his teaching and research interests include composition, improvisation, orchestration and arranging, aesthetics, popular music history, and creative applications of technology in music.