Dr. John Mills
Dr. John Mills has long been one of central Texas’ most in-demand saxophonists, arrangers, and composers. His interests and experience cover a wide spectrum of musical styles, which he pursues both in concert and in the recording studio.
During his diverse professional career he has performed, arranged, and composed for a vast number of CD’s, film/TV soundtracks, and jingles.
John has been an integral part of Austin’s jazz community since the 1970’s, as a key member of such long-running groups as the Creative Opportunity Orchestra, Beto and the Fairlanes, the Tony Campise Band, and the Concept Orchestra. He has also had the good fortune to share the stage with such diverse artists as Kenny Wheeler, Carla Bley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lyle Lovett, and Willie Nelson.
He is an active educator, clinician and adjudicator. While Director of Jazz Studies at Southwest Texas State University, his students won three Downbeat Magazine awards, and he designed a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies.
Some of his former studetns have toured with the jazz orchestras of Ray Charles, Harry Connick Jr., and Maynard Ferguson.
John Mills’ new CD on 482 Records, Courage: “The Way Out Is Via The Door”, teams him with legendary jazz bassist Steve Swallow, drummer Chris Massey and revered poet Robert Creeley. This unique project showcases John’s compositions
as well as his improvisations on saxophones, flute, bass clarinet, and textural keyboards. Mills’ newest project band is his Mystery-tet, which plays compelling and original high-energy jazz.