Harry Miller (jazz bassist)

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Harold Simon Miller (25 April 1941 - 16 December 1983)[1] was a South African jazz double bassist, who lived for most of his adulthood in England.


A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Miller began his career playing bass for the rock group Manfred Mann.[2] After settling in London, he became part of a groups of musicians in the 1960s and 1970s who combined free jazz with the music of South Africa. He recorded with Elton Dean,[1] Chris McGregor,[3] Louis Moholo,[3] John Surman,[1] Keith Tippett,[4] and Mike Westbrook.[2] At the end of the 1970s, he moved to the Netherlands for economic reasons and worked with musicians in Willem Breuker's circle. In 1971, he made a guest appearance on the album Islands, by the progressive rock band King Crimson.[5] He and his wife founded Ogun Records.[1]

Miller died in a car crash in the Netherlands in 1983.[3]


  • Children at Play (Ogun, 1974)
  • Ramifications with Irene Schweitzer (Ogun, 1975)
  • Family Affair (Ogun, 1977)
  • In Conference (Ogun, 1978)
  • Bracknell Breakdown with Radu Malfatti (Ogun, 1978)
  • The Nearer the Bone, the Sweeter the Meat with Peter Brotzmann (FMP, 1979)
  • Opened, But Hardly Touched with Peter Brotzmann (FMP, 1981)
  • Zwecknagel with Radu Malfatti (FMP, 1981)
  • Berlin 'Bones with Andreas Boje, Thomas Wiedermann, Harry Miller, Manfred Kussatz (FMP, 1981)
  • Which Way Now (Cuneiform, 2006)
  • Full Steam Ahead (Reel, 2009)
  • Ninesense Suite with Elton Dean (Jazzwerkstatt, 2011)
  • The Birmingham Jazz Concert with Mike Osborne, Tony Levin (Cadillac, 2012)
  • Different Times, Different Places (Ogun, 2013)
  • Different Times, Different Places Volume Two (Ogun, 2016)


  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1693. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ a b Martinelli, Francesco. "Harry Miller". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Fordham, John (5 December 2013). "Harry Miller: Different Times, Different Places". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  4. ^ D'Souza, Jerry (29 October 2006). "Harry Miller's Isipingo: Which Way Now". All About Jazz. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Islands - King Crimson | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 September 2021.

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