Hazel Miller is not just a great singer; "she is a force of nature!" quotes the Rocky Mountain News. Her voice has been called "stunning, moving and powerful." Hazel has been a sought after performer in Colorado for the past 24 years. Whether she is singing blues, jazz, pop, or Gospel, her voice charges the songs with a primal dose of genuine soul.
Hazel began her 40-year career in Louisville, Kentucky, where she rose to the top of the music scene. There she opened for popular artists such as Mel Torme, James Brown, Temptations, Earl Klugh, Bob James, Lou Rawls and many others. Winter of 2011 Hazel will be appearing in the Sante Fe Blues Festival with the Ken Valdez Band. In January 2011, the Hazel Miller Band performed at the Governor’s Inaugural Ball.
5280 Magazine readers made Hazel Miller Band their choice for best band in Denver 2010. The northern Colorado Big 8 newspapers readers voted her the best band & performer for 2010. The city of Denver singled out Hazel as one of 150 people who make Denver a better place to live. This award was bestowed by the mayor on Nov 22, 2008 at the Colorado History Museum. Hazel is the voice of a recurring character on the nationally syndicated children’s show “The Big Green Rabbit”. She’s been given several awards for artistic excellence: Best Independent Blues-R&B Recording- 2002; Outstanding Performer at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Westword’s Best Blues and R&B Artist 1995 through 2001; first inductee into the Westword Hall of Fame 2001, Daily Camera’s and Boulder Weekly’s Readers Choice for Best Artist 2000 through 2004.
In February 2011 Ms. Miller and Reggie Rivers performed in “Letters”, a play as a fund raiser for The Spotlight Theater in Denver. Ms. Miller performed in a commercial for Red Rocks Amphitheater & City of Morrison along with Brian Nevin. The new musical "Sisters and Storytellers" starred an ensemble cast including Hazel in her first musical theater role. The musical was very well received. Before this production Ms. Miller appeared in "The Vagina Monologues" in Boulder and Denver, receiving a local award for "Best Local Star in a Theatrical Production.
Since moving to Colorado in 1984 she has regularly performed with Big Head Todd and the Monsters. She was a regular performer on the ETown Radio Show, aired on NPR. She has performed at all the major jazz and music festivals throughout Colorado while maintaining a working band which won the Westword Readers Poll "Best Blues/R&B" band. She has sung with or opened for such artists as Leon Russell, B. B. King, India Aire, Julian Lennon, John Hammond Jr., Lucy Bleu Tremblay, Peter, Paul and Mary, Stanley Jordan, John Mayall, Charlie Musselwhite, Leo Kottke, Bob Weir, Herbie Hancock, Pop Staples, Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Nil Lara, Roger Clifton, Nancy Griffith, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Lonnie Brooks, Lou Rawls, Rickie Lee Jones, James Taylor, Spyro Gyro, Joe Sample, Little Ed and the Blues Imperials, Michael McDonald, and many more.
Most recently she is enjoying a great year of festival appearances in Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Wyoming, Kentucky, Utah and more. Summer of 2010 was a great one with Hazel Miller Band performing at the prestigious Telluride Jazz Festival in August and the massive HullabaLOU Festival in Louisville, KY. The Arts & Jazz Festival in Grand Junction, CO.; will see The Hazel Miller Band for 6 years consecutively on Mothers Day week end.