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date: 14 July 2020

Miller, Marcus locked

  • Bill Milkowski
  •  and Barry Kernfeld


(b New York, June 14, 1959). American electric bass guitarist and record producer. His father played organ in church and piano at home. Having played clarinet as a child, he took up electric bass guitar as a teenager and first played professionally at the age of 15 with the soul group Harlem River Drive. Later he performed with the flutist Bobbi Humphrey (1977) before touring with Lenny White. Thereafter he became active as a studio musician in New York, working with Bob James, Grover Washington, Jr., and the soul singers Roberta Flack and Aretha Franklin, among others. In 1979 he played in the house band on the television show “Saturday Night Live” and recorded as a sideman with Urszula Dudziak, whose recording Roxanna preserves a spectacular example of Miller’s melodic solo playing after the manner of Jaco Pastorius.

Miller joined Miles Davis’s new band in 1980...

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