Marcus Miller Talking Jazz
Bass player-producer-song writer-arranger Marcus Miller is an extremely affable young man whose fun-loving appearance belies the fact that he is one of the most gifted jazz “hyphenates” practicing today. Aside from being a first call New York session man for more than a decade, he has recently emerged as a composer-record producer without parallel, being responsible for writing and producing chart topping songs by both jazz and pop artists, including David Sanborn, Miles Davis and Luther Vandross. Marcus remains casual and humorous as he climbs the charts and, indeed, as he climbed the stairs to the recording studio on Lower Broadway, where we did the following interview. The previous night I had visited with him in an uptown studio, where he was working on a new dance mix for Miles Davis. Our conversation began with a reference to his many current activities, and eventually we got back to his multiple production talents. But along the way, we sketched the interests, technique and personal history of one of America's most versatile jazzmen.