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.
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.
Miller’s Berks Jazz Fest appearance is part of his Laid Black Tour.
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.
Miller has a rich and very deep resume of outstanding collaborations, including 15-year songwriting and production partnership with Vandross, resulting in 13 consecutive platinum-selling albums.