Saturday, August 21 / 6:00 p.m.
ECP / Berks Jazz Fest at Sea Night
MARCUS MILLER & FRIENDS
featuring very special guests
DAVID SANBORN, JONATHAN BUTLER
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Tickets: $58 (Reserved Seating)
Bass legend Marcus Miller, the highly acclaimed Renaissance Man, has been dubbed one of the most influential artists of our time. Indeed, his characteristic bass sound can be heard on a limitless catalog of musical hits.
For the rescheduled August fest, Marcus has updated his performance to include his longtime friend and legendary saxophonist David Sanborn.
Also joining the Marcus Miller & Friends show will be Jonathan Butler — and a few surprise guests.
Miller has enjoyed one of the most enviable careers in music. He is a two-time Grammy winner and the composer/producer of numerous critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums, including his 2018 release Laid Black.
He wrote the renowned track “Maputo” on the David Sanborn/Bob James collaboration Double Vision, considered by many as one of the most successful albums in the jazz genre that sold over a million copies and won a Grammy Award.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Miller is highly proficient as a keyboardist, clarinetist/bass clarinetist and, primarily, as a world-renowned electric bassist, topping critics’ and readers’ polls for three decades.
Not only has Miller pioneered the continuing development of a technique known as “slapping”, but his fretless bass technique also has served as an inspiration to many and has taken the fretless bass into musical situations and genres previously unexplored with the electric bass of any description.
His resume as an A-list player brims with over 500 recording credits as a sideman on albums across the spectrum of musical styles.
Besides Sanborn and James, Miller has worked with such luminaries as Lalah Hathaway, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Luther Vandross, Bill Withers, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Elton John, Al Jarreau and Wayne Shorter.
One of the most iconic saxophonists for six decades and counting, Sanborn is described by critic Scott Yannow as “the most influential saxophonist on pop, R&B, and crossover players of the past 20 years.”
Although a jazz musician at heart, Sanborn has transcended genres and musical boundaries throughout his entire career.
Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards and has had eight gold albums and one platinum. He continues to be one of the most sought after musicians of his genre.
Jonathan Butler is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who leads a life few can imagine.
Born in South Africa under the shadow of apartheid and raised in poverty, Butler was the first non-white artist to be played on South African radio and appear on national television.
Though his musical abilities would take him away from the world he grew up in, Jonathan would neither forget the plight of his fellow South Africans, nor the man that led them to freedom.
It is for this reason Nelson Mandela credits Butler’s music as having inspired him during his imprisonment. In more ways than one, Jonathan Butler is representative of South Africa.