STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A Marcus Miller Marathon


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This week, we've got a whole lot of video featuring bassist Marcus Miller, who's coming to St. Louis to play Sunday, September 9 and Monday, September 10 at Jazz at the Bistro.

Miller, now 53, has been an in-demand player, producer and composer on the national and international music scene since his early twenties, working with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Luther Vandross, David Sanborn, and many others, as well as maintaining a solo career. He was in St. Louis most recently last August, performing with Sanborn and George Duke at the Touhill, and his eight studio album as a leader, Renaissance, was released last month on the Concord label. (You can hear samples from the album here.)

To help whet your appetite for Miller's gig at the Bistro - his first ever in a intimate club setting here - today we've got video of five different complete concerts and a master class featuring him, totaling more than eight and half hours worth of footage.

The first video up above was released on DVD in 2010 under the title Marcus Miller - Power Of Soul, and captures a complete performance from 2007. Down below, you can see video of Miller's set from 2008 at the jazz festival in Lugano, Italy.

After that, there's a concert Miller recorded for the German TV program Ohne Filter, which is undated on YouTube but appears to be from the early or mid-2000s.

Below that is a set recorded in 2007 in Amsterdam, and then a concert from the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles that was released on a DVD called Marcus Miller - Master of all Trades.

Last but not least, there's a master class that Miller presented as part of the Bass Day 2011 celebration in the UK, in which the bassist he does some playing, answers questions from the audience, and muses about his career to date.

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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