Sunday, April 5, 2015

Andrea Miller w/ The Ron Kobayashi Trio live @ Steamers, April 11


Born and raised in Salem, Oregon, singer/songwriter Andrea Miller's voice has been described as soulful, sensual, hypnotic and endearing. Influenced by Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Eva Cassidy and Stevie Wonder, Andrea is currently heating up the Los Angeles music scene. Recently, Andrea had the incredible honor to work with David Foster, Quincy Jones and Alan & Marilyn Bergman when recording the vocal demo for CELINE DION "I Knew I Loved You" at Foster's studio in Malibu. 

Originally trained in opera at a young age, Andrea won first place in the Oregon State Vocal Competition in the first soprano category when only 14 years old, singing Leonard Bernstein's complete work "I Hate Music". She then went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Performance from the University of Southern California. A member of SAG and ASCAP, Andrea performs with Llew Matthews, Ron Kobayashi, Rickey Woodard, Mark Massey, Luther Hughes, Paul Krebich, The Matt Gordy Sextet, The Mike Peak Experience, The Swing Machine Disneyland Big Band and others. 

Her performances have brought down the house and gained critical acclaim at venues such as The Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, The Pasadena Jazz Institute, Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, the Langham Hotel Pasadena, The Four Seasons Hotel, Nieuport 17, Bayside, 3-Thirty-3 Waterfront, Charlie O's, Regent Beverly Wilshire, Manhattan Steak & Seafood, Windows Of The World, 310 Lounge, Chaya Brasserie, The Smokehouse, Cafe Cordiale, Twin Palms, Club Lingerie, The Cat Club, The Knitting Factory, Bistango and others. 

Andrea recently released a beautiful duo recording of standards featuring herself and Yoon Seung Cho on piano. The duo perform 10 jazz standards, displaying a fluid flow of give and take, combining both jazz and classical backgrounds. The album is entitled II By II. To purchase this album select contact on this site for direct sale or go to Itunes. In addition to performing, Andrea keeps busy recording as a session singer. Her voice can be heard on recordings by Disney/Pixar, Samsung, Warner Brothers, EMI, Blacktoast Music, Dimelo Records, Mattel Toys, Windgate Music, Groove Gravy Records, Kriztal Records, Wham-O, Sharkey Productions, YG Entertainment, Delta Entertainment, Mills Trading Company, Sensory Overload Music, Bluewater Music and others. 

Andrea has three albums that are available for download on ITunes - "II By II", "Amazing Grace" and "Alone"...just enter "Andrea Miller" in the search box. 

The Ron Kobayashi Trio consists of three uniquely talented musicians from the Southern California area; pianist Ron, plus Baba Elefante on bass and Steve Dixon on drums. Each musician brings with him years of diverse musical experiences. Kobayashi has performed with Mel Torme, Margaret Whiting, Eric Marienthal, Phil Upchurch, Teddy Edwards, Tim Weisberg, Kenny Burrell, Paula Kelly Jr. and "The Modernaires,". He was a featured performer on the internationally distributed "Johnny Yune" television show, and has been featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. In 1992, Ron performed for President Bill Clinton and has recorded as a solo artist for the Casierra Record label.

The trio has played numerous jazz festivals including the San Bernardino Music Festival, The Orange County Art and Jazz Festival, the Dana Point Jazz Festival and the Mission Viejo Music Festival, as well as the Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. The recent Ron Kobayashi Trio CD "No Preservatives" received nationwide airplay. Their earlier disc "Exotic Places" made the "Top 30 Albums" in 1998 on radio station KSBR. In 1996, the ensemble was voted "Best Jazz Group in Orange County" by readers of O.C. Weekly.

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