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Hal Leonard Best Of Marcus Miller Bass Tab Songbook

By age 13 Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller was proficient on bass guitar, clarinet, and piano. By age 15 the Brooklyn native was already working with bands regularly in New York City. Not long after that Miller was playing bass and composing for flutist Bobbi Humphrey and keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith.

A brilliant studio career followed that included work with Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Grover Washington, Jr., David Sanborn, and others. All together, Miller has performed as a bassist on more than 400 albums, winning the 2001 Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for his band's disc M2.

Miller has also had a stellar career winning multiple Grammys as a producer, working with David Sanborn, Luther Vandross, and others. After performing on the road with Miles Davis, Miller also produced three albums for the legendary trumpeter.

More recently Miller has turned his attention to scoring films, bringing his hybrid style of smooth R&B, funk, and jazz to even larger audiences. Says Miller of his work, "I like to keep things balanced, combining R&B, jazz, funk and movie stuff to help reflect what's happening in our world. I just try to keep challenging myself to continue to grow and get better."


Founded in 1972, the New York Jazz Museum was a labor of love for its founders Howard E. Fischer and Christian McBride. The museum brought the New York jazz community together to preserve jazz traditions as well as to promote contemporary musicians and help them keep working.

In a book about the museum, Fischer describes how it grew out of its predecessor— the New York Hot Jazz Society—as a place for storing iconic jazz objects, reaching out to the community, and staging informal performances. While keeping costs low to make it accessible to the public, the museum leased a building at 125 W. 55th Street in mid-town Manhattan and struggled to continue until 1977.

Fischer, an entertainment attorney, gave up his law practice to concentrate on the New York museum full-time without much compensation for four years. During its brief life the museum successfully attracted performers like Mary Lou Williams and Buck Clayton, and contributors like Calvert Distillers and the Ford Foundation. They also managed to create a jazz memorabilia collection that included photographs of John and Alice Coltrane and films of many jazz performances.


Week of June 06, 2011
Event: Jelly Roll Morton Records "Jelly Roll Blues" As a Piano Solo

Birthday: Bill Watrous Born June 08, 1939

Week of May 30, 2011
Event: 1962 Bandleader Benny Goodman Leads The First American Jazz Band to Play In The Soviet Union

Birthday: Benny Goodman Born May 30, 1909

Week of May 23, 2011
Event: "In a Precursor to Outdoor Rock Festivals, Ray Charles and B.B. King Perform For 9,000 Fans in Atlanta

Birthday: Miles Davis Born May 26, 1926

Week of May 16, 2011
Event: "When The Saints Go Marching In" Recorded by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra

Birthday: Woody Herman Born May 16, 1913

Week of May 2, 2011
Event: New York's Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center Announces Addition of Rock, Pop, and Jazz Concerts

Birthday: Maynard Ferguson Born May 4, 1928

Week of April 25, 2011
Event: At Decca Studios Charlie Parker Made His First Commercial Recording April 30, 1941

Birthday: Duke Ellington Born April 29, 1899

Week of April 18, 2011
Event: Pipeless Organ Patented by Laurens Hammond April 24, 1934

Birthday: Tito Puente Born April 20, 1923

Week of April 4, 2011
Event: Herp Alpert Born April 4, 1939

Birthday: Freddie Hubbard Born April 7, 1938

Week of March 28, 2011
Birthday: Michael Brecker Born March 29, 1949

Birthday: Herp Alpert Born March 31, 1935

Week of March 14, 2011
Event: Joseph Haydn's Surprise Symphony Is Performed for the First Time March 23, 1792

Birthday: Johann Sebastian Bach Born March 21, 1685

Week of March 7, 2011
Event: Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians Recorded Auld Lang Syne March 7, 1939

Birthday: Leon Bismark (Bix) Beiderbecke March 10, 1903

Week of February 28, 2011
Event: Miles Davis Records "Kind of Blue" on Columbia Records March 2, 1959
Birthday: Frédéric Chopin Marc 1, 1810

Week of February 21, 2011
Event: Duke Ellington Records "The Queen's Suite"
Birthday: Dexter Gordon February 27, 1923

Week of February 14, 2011
Event: Sonny Rollins Records his Title Track "The Bridge" February 14, 1962
Birthday: Buddy DeFranco February 17, 1923

Week of February 7, 2011
Event: Rhapsody in Blue is Performed for the First Time February 12, 1924
Birthday: Marion "Buddy" Childers February 12, 1926

Week of January 31, 2011
Event: Frank Sinatra Debuts on Radio's "Your Hit Parade" February 6, 1943
Birthday: Stanley "Stan" Getz February 2, 1927

Week of January 24, 2011
Event: Original Dixieland Jazz Band Makes the First Jazz Record January 30, 1917
Birthday: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart January 27, 1756