Happy Birthday Marcus Miller

June 14, 1959

The Renaissance

Bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Marcus Miller was born on June 14, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York.

His father was a church organist and choir director and the family is related to piano great Wynton Kelly.

By 15, Miller was already gigging professionally in New York City .

A big breakthrough in his career came when he caught the attention of Miles Davis.

Miller not only played on the Miles Davis album “Tutu” he also wrote all but two of the tracks.

He became a popular bassist with regular gigs in New York and spent nearly fifteen years as a session artist and side man for recording artists from various genres and would later collaborate with Bobbi Humphrey and Lonnie Liston Smith.

Some of his most memorable work as a composer appears on the Miles Davis album “Tutu” for which Miller wrote all but two of the songs including the title track.

As a performer Marcus Miller is a force in the continued development of slap bass, while he has also served as an inspiration to many for his fretless bass technique.

In 1997 he played eleven major jazz festivals throughout Europe as a member of the “Legends” band featuring Eric Clapton, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, and Steve Gadd.

Marcus is featured performing with his band at the 2013 “Tbilisi Jazz Festival.”

Personnel:

Marcus Miller, electric bass
Lee Hogans, trumpet
Alex Han, alto sax
Adam Agati, electric guitar
Brett Williams, piano
Robert “Sput” Searight, drums