On Thursday, October 30, 2014 Jim Miller celebrated his 60th birthday a few days early by throwing an all-star musician jam session at the Clarion Hotel in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Among the many familiar musicians who were there were: Dave Christopherson (ACE Band / Memory Bros.), Kirk Orr (comedian/musician), Bob Guthart (noted area guitarist and owner of Bob's Guitars), Rick Koch (Milk and Honey), Roger Miller (Milk and Honey), Dave Kebschal (bass), Mike Michalicek (Checker and the Bluetones), Doug Koempel (Memory Bros./ Rubber Band), Jim Miller (guest of honor) and many additional guest artists.
Doug and Jim's friendship goes back to the '70s when the Memory Brothers and Jim were playing the Waterloo, Iowa club circuit (i.e. Porky's Red Carpet, the Twin Torch, the Ramada Inn, the Colony Club, the Iron Fireman, etc.) Jim had a dynamic solo gig in which he seamlessly meshed comedy with acoustic guitar and vocals. Also he was frequently a featured guest artist with the venerable duo, "Gayle and Eleanor" when they'd make an occasional Waterloo appearance at the Ramada Inn.
Jim went on to manage and own several clubs and restaurants in the Waterloo area and is currently president of Pioneer Graphics Commercial Printing
Jim has recently revived his music career by teaming with Dave Christopherson as the duo "Jim and Dave." (Be sure to catch their show at the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah, Iowa on Friday, December 12, 2014.)
From left to right: Doug (on keyboards), Dave (behind speaker column) Jim and Mike (on sax.)
Doug Koempel © 2014
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Jim Miller
60th Birthday Jam
October 30, 2014
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