Close Encounters

After 38 years of sharing my love for the big bands with my radio audience, I have put together a book that recounts the influence that this type of music has had on my life. It’s a personal account, beginning with my discovery at age 8 of the wonderful music flowing forth from my radio while I did my homework. I tell how I became a broadcast host after a chance encounter with the producer of a national program hosted by bandleader Skitch Henderson. I recount the excitement of meeting famous vocalists and bandleaders at the annual banquets of the Big Band Academy of America. Then there was the joy of participating in the 100th anniversary of the births of Glenn Miller, Les Brown and Connee Boswell. Also included are excerpts from some of the 80+ interviews I conducted with performers, including Buddy Morrow, Frankie Laine, Orrin Tucker, Linda Ronstadt and Margaret Whiting.

Soft cover, 150 pages, dozens of color photographs.

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The perfect gift for big band enthusiasts!

What Others Are Saying

Miss LonaMankato, Minnesota

Host of the long-running music show Jazz Tonight on KMSU.


I have enjoyed your wonderful book, Close Encounters: Music in My Life. I spoke about your book on my show.

I love your incredible encounters and all the great stories.

John Tumpak Reseda, California

Big Band Era historian, lecturer, and author of When Swing Was the Thing.


I just finished reading David Miller's Close Encounters. I found it to be an exceptionally interesting book that covers both Miller's personal life and his music experiences. Few have had more personal interactions with luminaries from the Big Band Era and world of jazz. They are well and interestingly documented in this book that is a must-read for big band and popular music enthusiasts.