As far as jazz goes, bassist-composer-producer Marcus Miller has always been something of an outlier. While his music makes room for improvisation, it’s also funky enough to please listeners who don’t particularly think of themselves as jazz fans. This weekend he's in South Africa for the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.
The Brooklyn born musician chatted to 702 and Cape Talk's Africa Melane about what inspired his latest album "Afrodeezia" and what fans can look forward to when he takes the stage at the jazz tonight. Below are a few quotes from their conversation:
When I learned the bass guitar it was in the glory days of the bass ... it only lasted for about 6 years but I've kept that tradition of putting the bass in your face— Marcus Miller, jazz musician
I've decided to gop the route of my ancestors and collaborate with musicians along the 'slave route' [Mali, Senegal, Brazil]— Marcus Miller, jazz musician
Miller performs tonight at theStandard Bank Joy of Jazz which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre.