Live and act
Miller comes from a musical family. His father played the piano and church organ; the jazz pianist Wynton Kelly is his uncle. Miller has been deaf from a measles infection in his right ear since he was five. At the age of eight he learned the recorder, and at ten the clarinet followed, which was his main instrument during high school. At that time he played bass guitar in funk bands in the neighborhood. He studied music education at Queens College . At the age of 16 he went on tour as a bassist with Bobbi Humphrey and in 1977 with Lenny White . From 1978 he was a member of the band from Saturday Night Live .
Miller gained recognition both as a solo artist and creator of numerous film scores and as a music producer ; he is particularly in demand as a studio and session musician. He can be heard on over 500 recordings, including with Roberta Flack , Aretha Franklin , Luther Vandross , David Sanborn , Jean Michel Jarre (album Zoolook ), Bobby McFerrin and Al Jarreau . He achieved his breakthrough with Miles Davis , in whose band he played from the early 1980s. He then concentrated on his own band projects and working with David Sanborn, before Miller produced the albums Tutu (1986) and Amandla (1988/1989) for Davis at the invitation of Davis ; for the latter album he wrote almost all of the music. On the soundtrack album Siesta he is even mentioned on the cover as equal to Davis; there he played almost all the instruments and programmed the drum grooves. According to the Reclams Jazzlexikon , he knows how to “use tasteful electronic sounds without them appearing cool. He achieved particularly impressive moods as a bass clarinetist. "
After Davis passed away, Miller concentrated on working as a band leader. In 2002 he won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album with his album M² .
He decisively shaped the slap style on the electric bass. Slapping means striking the bass string with your thumb, which creates a percussive sound. This technique is mostly used in combination with what is known as popping . Miller found that a percussive sound would perform better when broadcasting his game. In professional circles, his playing is considered melodic and groovy and of virtuoso speed and precision.
He is married to Brenda Miller and has four children. His companions include musicians such as Dean Brown , Poogie Bell and Omar Hakim . Together with the bassists Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten and other musicians, he forms the group SMV, with which he also toured in 2009.
On November 25, 2012, he drove with his band from Monte Carlo , Monaco , to Hengelo in the Netherlands. In an accident on the A2 motorway in Schattdorf in the canton of Uri , Switzerland, the bus driver died and the twelve other people on board, including Marcus Miller, were injured.
under his own name
- 1983: Suddenly
- 1984: Marcus Miller
- 1993: The Sun Don't Lie
- 1995: Tales (DE: Gold in the Jazz Award)
- 1998: Live And More (DE: Gold in the Jazz Award)
- 2001: M² (DE: Platinum in the Jazz Award)
- 2002: The Ozell Tapes - Official Bootleg (Live)
- 2004: Panther Live
- 2005: Silver Rain (DE: Gold in the Jazz Award)
- 2007: Free
- 2008: Marcus
- 2010: A Night in Monte-Carlo
- 2012: Renaissance
- 2015: Afrodeezia
- 2018: Laid Black
for other artists
- Donald Fagen : The Nightfly (1982)
- Lester Bowie : Serious Fun (1989)
- Miles Davis: The Man with the Horn (1981)
- Miles Davis: We Want Miles (1982)
- Miles Davis: Star People (1983)
- Miles Davis: Tutu (1986)
- Miles Davis / Marcus Miller: Music from Siesta (1987)
- Miles Davis: Amandla (1989)
- Miles Davis: Live Around the World (1991)
- Al Jarreau : Tenderness (1994)
- Jack DeJohnette / World Saxophone Quartet : Selim Sivad: A Tribute to Miles Davis (1998)
- Wayne Shorter: High Life (1995)
- George Mraz : Bottom Lines (1997)
- Boz Scaggs : Some Change (1994), Fade Into Light (1996), Here's the Low Down (1998)
- SMV ( Stanley Clarke , Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten ): Thunder (2008)
- George Benson : Songs and Stories (2009)
- 1990: House Party
- 1992: Boomerang
- 1996: Great White Hype (The Great White Hype)
- 1997: The Sixth Man
- 2000: The Ladies Man
- 2001: The Trumpet of the Swan
- 2001: The 10 Rules of Love (Two Can Play That Game)
- 2002: Husband to give up because of circumstances or divorce is sweet (Serving Sara)
- 2003: The White House looks black (Head of State)
- 2004: Breakin 'All the Rules
- 2005-2009: Everybody Hates Chris (Everybody Hates Chris) (TV series, 88 episodes)
- 2007: I Think I Love My Wife (I Think I Love My Wife)
- 2007: This Christmas
- 2011: Mardi Gras: The Biggest Party of Your Life (Mardi Gras: Spring Break)
- 2017: Marshall
- Wolf Kampmann (Ed.), With the assistance of Ekkehard Jost : Reclams Jazzlexikon . Reclam, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-15-010528-5 .
- Martin Kunzler : Jazz Lexicon. Volume 2: M – Z (= rororo-Sachbuch. Vol. 16513). 2nd Edition. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 2004, ISBN 3-499-16513-9 .
- Marcus Miller's website with extensive disco and filmography (English)
- Review of Silver Rain at laut.de.
- Analysis of songs from the album "Renaissance"
- Marcus Miller in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Canton Uri, police report from November 25, 2012 Retrieved on November 25, 2012
- Gold / platinum database of the Federal Association of the Music Industry, accessed June 11, 2016
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American musician|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 14, 1959|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Brooklyn , New York City|