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Headshot of Ron Miles

Ron Miles was a legendary jazz performer and recording artist, who taught at MSU Denver for over 30 years. He developed the Jazz and American Improvised music program and was a beloved pedagogue who dedicated his career to developing and supporting students. Miles was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1963 and moved to Denver with his family in 1974, the year he started playing music at age 11. He attended Denver East High School and released his debut album “Distance for Safety” in 1987. Miles went on to record 11 more albums, including the critically acclaimed “I Am a Man” in 2017 and “Rainbow Sign,” his 2020 debut on the iconic Blue Note record label. This scholarship continues Miles’s legacy as a teacher and advocate for all students.