The historic Newport Jazz Festival announced some very exciting additional acts for what is sure to be another great year for the festival. Featuring Wayne Shorter’s 80th Birthday Celebration: Wayne Shorter Quartet with special guests Herbie Hancock ,Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, & Brian Blade; for starters makes this a must-attend event.
We sincerely hope everyone had a great holiday in the past couple of days filled with great times and wonderful people. To keep the merry spirits up, we’ve got a version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” produced and arranged by Marcus Miller for performance by Joshua Redman on saxophone, Lalah Hathaway on vocals and Poogie Bell on drums.
After concluding a European tour for his new release “Renaissance,” multi-instrumentalist and composer Marcus Miller sat down to talk with The Revivalist to make sense of his experience putting together a new band as well as delving into some history of his own. Between his early years growing up as a fast-rising studio musician to learning from the great Miles Davis, Miller gives us the rundown on his experiences. In Part 2, we see the progression of jazz through Miller’s eyes as well as the non-musical side of things.
After concluding a European tour for his new release “Renaissance,” multi-instrumentalist and composer Marcus Miller sat down to talk with The Revivalist to make sense of his experience putting together a new band as well as delving into some history of his own. Between his early years growing up as a fast-rising studio musician to learning from the great Miles Davis, Miller gives us the rundown on his experiences.
One of the most accomplished bassists and composers of our time, Marcus Miller, has been commissioned by the Istanbul Foundation fro Culture and Arts (IKSV) for their 40th anniversary to present a new take on the music of Turkey. After listening to hundreds of recordings made by Turkish musicians, Miller picked his crew along with some help from his friends to create this project which will be premiered Thursday, 5 July at Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theatre at 21:00.
Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer, Louis Cato is a ball of versatility and a special brand of bright. Armed with perfect pitch and a precocious thirst for sound that first surfaced in him as a child, Cato is next in the lineage of ear, aesthetic, and outright skill – forces that have combined in the past to offer stylistic progenitors Victor Wooten and Marcus Miller – that have helped bring the sound of the bass from the side to the fore.
That’s why we have launched the Evolution of the Instrument Series, to trace the lineage of legendary musicians who defined what it means to play an instrument. The first installment traces the history of the bass as it began to break into the jazz realm through to the present. There are so many innovators of the bass, add your influences into the comments.
This has been a pretty good year for the Portland star Esperanza Spalding, and now things are coming full circle for the young protege with one of the most sought out nods of success for an artist: a chance at a Grammy. Also special congrats to Bilal, The Roots and the Stanley Clarke Band (featuring Ruslan Sirota on keys, Ronald Bruner Jr. on drums and special guest Hiromi Uehara on piano), and Marcus Miller on their Grammy Nominations.
Just hours away from a very big day for bassist Nate Jones—the first day of the new Usher tour—The Revivalist tried to sneak in a last minute pre-tour interview with the young bass virtuoso. Luckily we caught him during his only moment of calm (well, kind of), somewhere between driving, looking for the right highway exit, thinking about his to-do list before his trip, and answering on the spot interview questions intelligibly. We have to say, we’re equally impressed with his multitasking skills as we are with his music credentials.