World-renowned composer, producer, arranger and jazz bassist Marcus Miller is our musical director for the presentation of Black Movie Soundtrack III at the Hollywood Bowl. At the top of his game for over 30 years, Miller is a two-time Grammy award winner and the recipient of multiple international awards in jazz including Holland’s 2013 Edison Lifetime Achievement award and the 2010 Victoire du Jazz award in France.
Miller’s characteristic sound can be heard on a limitless catalog of hits from Bill Wither’s “Just The Two Of Us” to Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much”, to countless songs recorded by Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, David Sanborn, Wayne Shorter, George Benson, Elton John, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Herbie Hancock, Lalah Hathaway, Eric Clapton, and Bryan Ferry to name a few. With his distinctive style - a unique combination of funk, groove, soul and pure technical skills, Miller has been referred to as one of the most influential bass players of this generation.
Miller is most known for his long resume of collaborations including a 15-year song-writing and production partnership with Luther Vandross, which resulted in 13 consecutive platinum-selling albums and a dual Grammy win in 1992 for the double platinum selling album Power Of Love/Love Power. Most notable, Marcus was the last primary collaborator for the late great jazz
legend Miles Davis, composing, arranging and producing three albums for Davis including the now legendary album recording, Tutu. The title song, which Miller wrote in honor of South African activist Bishop Desmond Tutu, has become a contemporary jazz standard, and is often described as one of Davis’ most significant contributions to the canon of contemporary jazz. Not only did the album win two Grammy awards, it is widely considered to be one of the definitive Miles Davis albums of our time.
Miller also has an endless list of TV and film composition credits. In addition to writing the go-go mega-hit “Da Butt” for Spike Lee’s School Daze in 1988, Miller has composed the scores for over 30 urban films including the Reginald Hudlin cult-classic House Party (feat. Kid ‘N Play - 1990); Boomerang (feat. Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry - 1992) ; Above The Rim (feat. Tupac Shakur and Marlon Wayans -1994); Two Can Play That Game (feat. Vivica Fox, Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut and Anthony Anderson - 2001); This Christmas (feat. Idris Elba and Chris Brown - 2007); the Chris Rock cult classic Good Hair (2009); and About Last Night (feat. Kevin Hart and Regina Bell - 2014). Most recently, Miller composed the score for the Oscar-nominated film Marshall (2017), also directed by Reginald Hudlin and starring Black Panther’s leading man Chadwick Boseman as a young Thurgood Marshall. The film won the 2017 Chicago International Film Festival award; the 2017 African American Film Critics Award; the 2017 Hollywood Film Festival Award, and was also a 2017 Image and Critics Choice Award nominee and received five NAACP Image Award nominations.
Throughout all of this, Miller has maintained a successful solo career releasing ten critically acclaimed albums under his own name, all of which have earned Grammy nods, including his current release Laid Black.
Miller is a significant presence on the international jazz scene, touring to sold-out audiences around the world. He broadcasts two weekly radio shows, Miller Time With Marcus Miller (affectionately known as “The Marcus Party” by his listeners) which airs on Sunday evenings on Sirius XM and Transatlantic Jazz With Marcus Miller, which broadcasts each Wednesday in the U.K. on Jazz FM.