Bass Player Presents Marcus Miller June 5-7 at Yoshi’s Oakland—Win Tickets!
Bass Player Presents is proud to welcome Marcus Miller to the Bay Area for five shows over a three-day span from Friday, June 5th through Sunday, June 7th at Yoshi’s in Jack London Square. BP will be onsite Sunday night with free copies of the June issue featuring Miller, and goodies provided by sponsor D’Addario.
Miller is so influential and well known to bassists that most simply refer to him by his first name. His bright and bold Fender Jazz Bass tone is one of the most recognizable sounds in the bass world. Marcus’ work on Miles Davis’ Tutu album made Miller an international star in the mid ’80s. Since then his credits include Eric Clapton, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Jay-Z, Wayne Shorter, Stanley Clarke, and Herbie Hancock. He’s also created a slew of highly praised solo efforts, and his new sonic adventure, Afrodeezia [Blue Note], may be his most ambitious. Miller visits the music that emanated from Africa via the slave route. Here are BP Editor Chris Jisi’s thoughts.
“Drawing from his role as a UNESCO Artist for Peace/Slave Route Project spokesman, Marcus Miller delivers one of his most distinctive albums to date. Recorded at studios across the globe with a cast of world and regional musicians joining his nimble band, Afrodeezia opens with the festive vocal/instrumental ‘Hylife,’ a nod to West African highlife music. The stirring, thematic ‘B’s River’ follows, pivoting on hard-plucked bass and kora by Chérif Soumano. Further uplifting, the 3/4 ‘Preacher’s Kid’ launches with an African choir and Miller’s upright support behind his bass clarinet melody before building to a horn-infused climax that recalls Jaco’s ‘Three Views of a Secret.’ Elsewhere, Miller’s fretless gets a workout on the expressive ballad ‘Xtraordinary’ and the mournful ‘I Believe I Can Still Hear,’ adapted from Georges Bizet. On the funky side, the samba ‘We Were There’ features Marcus’ broadest solo, boasting multiple sounds and techniques. ‘Water Dancer’ is an Afro-shuffle; and a subtly reharmonzied cover of ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’ sports a Jamerson-flavored P-Bass groove solo outro. Finally, the closer, ‘I Can’t Breathe,’ merges Miller’s multi-instrumental role (including his turn on a three-stringed gimbri), a house groove, and a rap from none other than Public Enemy’s Chuck D.”
Miller recently joined Dunlop for an intimate discussion about Afrodeezia, and an exclusive live performance of material from the album. WATCH IT HERE
You can hear Miller’s radio show Miller Time every Sunday night on SiriusXM’s RealJazz.
If you’re planning to be in the San Francisco Bay Area over the first weekend in June, make sure to catch Marcus Miller at the East Bay’s finest jazz house and Japanese restaurant where low-end lovers can savor Miller’s tonal supremacy with crystal clarity. You’ll surely walk out inspired to pick up your bass and groove.
Bass Player Presents Marcus Miller
Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
8pm & 10pm shows on Friday and Saturday; 7pm show Sunday
Select a show and find tickets here.
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For a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Marcus Miller click HERE and put “Marcus” in the subject of your email. Winner must provide own transportation to Yoshi’s in Oakland, California, and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area over the weekend of June 5-7. Good luck! Again, that email is firstname.lastname@example.org.