Artist Profiles - Composer and Bassist Marcus Miller

Jun 17, 2019

Marcus Miller is a jazz composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, best known as a bass guitarist. Throughout his career, Miller worked with trumpeter Miles Davis, pianist Herbie Hancock, singer Luther Vandross and saxophonist David Sanborn, as well as maintaining a successful solo career. Miller is classically trained as a clarinetist and also plays keyboards, saxophone and guitar.
Born William Henry Marcus Miller, Jr. in Brooklyn, New York City, in 1959, he was discovered by jazz musician and composer Michał Urbaniak. He has played bass on over 500 recordings including those of Grover Washington Jr., Roberta Flack and  McCoy Tyner. As a composer, Miller wrote all but two of the songs on Tutu for Miles Davis, including its title track. He also composed "Chicago Song" for David Sanborn.

Miller has won numerous Grammy Awards as a producer for Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, David Sanborn, Bob James, Chaka Khan and Wayne Shorter. In 2001, he won for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for his seventh solo instrumental album, M².