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Petersen, Milo (Christian Milo)

Petersen, Milo (Christian Milo), guitarist, drummer, composer, educator. b. Renton, WA, 23 June 1953. Spent his childhood in Kent, Wa with his parents (Norman James Petersen 1926-1982 & Dorothy Eleanore Brackett, b. 1928) and siblings (Beverly b. 1952, Elizabeth b. 1959 & Norman b. 1964). His father was a singer and all three of his siblings are musicians.

Milo's first music lesson was at age four when his Danish grandfather (Christian Petersen b. Lojt, Denmark, 1892), a virtuoso accordion and harmonica player made him first whistle a tune before allowing him to play a harmonica. Milo Studied violin from 4th through 7th grades with Ruth Stewart and Richard Turley. At age fifteen he began to study guitar with Mark Baker. At age 20 he had his first jazz guitar lessons with Jim Kelleher. While pursuing a career in the field of Counseling and Guidance at Green River Community College, Milo studied music theory there (1972-1973). The following year Milo began his formal jazz studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham WA, with, most notably, Bill Cole, Americole Biasini and Scott Reeves. Milo also studied privately with jazz guitarist Dave Peterson during this time (1974-1977).

Moving to Seattle in 1977 Milo became involved in the jazz scene there and began leading groups and working as a sideman. In 1983 he became an adjunct faculty member at nearby Olympic College and also at Western Washington University. He stayed on both faculties for four years. In 1987 Milo moved to Brooklyn, NY where he led trios and quartets as well as playing solo guitar gigs and working in wedding bands. While there he taught privately as well as at Friend's Seminary. In 1991 Milo returned to Seattle and began leading groups and teaching privately.

In 1993 he was awarded a composition grant by the Seattle Art's Commission. Milo Petersen and the Jazz Disciples were featured in the Encyclopedia Of Northwest Music by James Bush, Sasquatch Books. Milo has studied guitar with Herb Ellis, Joe Pass, Tal Farlow, Ron Eschete and Jack Wilkins. His drum teachers have included Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, Idris Muhammed, Steve Ellington, Ignatio Berroa, Jeff Hamilton, Mel Brown and Moyes Lucas Jr.

Milo has performed with a wide array of artists including Eartha Kitt, Ernestine Anderson, Julian Priester, Jay Thomas, Nancy King, Cedar Walton w/ The Composer's and Improvisor's Orchestra and Mose Allison. He has also played for a variety of shows including The Fifth Dimension, The Bob Hope Show, The Coasters, The Drifters and the touring company of the Broadway show Five Guys Named Moe.

Milo is currently on the affiliate faculties at Cornish College of The Arts and Seattle Central Community College and was recently honored by the National Foundation For Advancement In The Arts, Dr. William H. Banchs, President.

His son Joshua was born in 1972.

Visiting Dignitaries (1997); As a leader Milo also has two guitar trio recordings; one with Billy Hart on drums and Phil Sparks on bass and one with Victor Lewis on drums and Phil Sparks on bass.
As sideperson:
Steve Griggs: Jones For Elvin Volumes One and Two (with Elvin Jones); Live; Valerie Joyce: Reverie

Contact information:
Milo Petersen

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