This is the only piece of gear I’ve ever owned that has drawn me into a spiritual conversation with the music.
Marcus Miller began his studies in saxophone at age 9 developing a passion that put him on stage professionally at age 13. With gifts extending beyond music, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Mathematics, but After a short stint at a multibillion dollar hedge fund, he moved to New York City to pursue music. He soon developed a reputation as a versatile musician, while studying music production and engineering. Marcus has performed at the Obama White House, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert alongside Jon Batiste. In addition, Marcus is a speaker at the New Jersey Association of Music Educators, and was noted as an Artist of Distinction by the state of New Jersey. Marcus maintains his interest in mathematics and physics, giving talks that combine math and music at universities and working with Math-M-Addicts, a program for middle school math prodigies in NYC.
Born in New Jersey, Marcus grew up in a house full of music, his father having a massive and varied record collection. Early on he was exposed to artists and composers like John Coltrane, Weather Report, Phillip Glass, Stockhausen, Frank Zappa, Duke Ellington, and Mozart. He took up saxophone at age nine and, with the help of World Renown Saxophonist Bruce Williams (Roy Hargrove, World Saxophone Quartet), developed a passion that put him on stage professionally at 13. With gifts extending beyond the music, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Mathematics. After a short stint at a multibillion dollar hedge fund he moved to New York City to Pursue Music. He soon developed a reputation as a versatile and virtuosic player, while studying music production and engineering under Grammy-winning Engineer “Bassy” Bob Brockman (Notorious B.I.G, Herbie Hancock, D’Angelo).
Marcus has taken what he has learned, and built a remarkable career out of it. He is in demand as an saxophonist, songwriter, producer, and engineer in the New York music scene. As a saxophonist, he has performed at the Obama White House, Madison Square Garden with DNCE, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert alongside Jon Batiste, recorded with Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder, Performed Jazz at major venues like The Blue Note, Dizzy’s, and even Carnegie Hall, is a featured performer at the Daybreaker series of Morning Raves, and has toured the world with groups ranging from New Orleans Hot Jazz to Indie Rock. As a songwriter, producer and engineer, he works closely with Av8ted, a creative entrepreneur collective based out of Brooklyn that represents the “New Black Aesthetic.” In June of 2016, Marcus appeared in his first play, Playing Hot, performing in speaking roles as Lewis, a member of Buddy Bolden’s band, and the Legendary Sidney Bechet. In addition, he speaks on music production and education for the New Jersey Association of Music Educators, was noted as an Artist of Distinction by the state of New Jersey, and has published articles on music and mathematics.
In 2015, Marcus released his first Album, Love in Absentia (also available on iTunes and Spotify) which he wrote, produced, performed and engineered. He continues to release music on Soundcloud.
Marcus maintains his interest in mathematics and physics, giving talks, tutoring, and studying independently under scholars at Columbia and Princeton. In 2017, he is set to build the Selam Salon, a space that brings together musicians, artists, writers, mathematicians, and physicists. The space will host events and source online video content. The goal is to move the needle on culture so that clarity of thought, creativity, and imagination are connected to individual and collective greatness.
Marcus endorses Theo Wanne Mouthpieces and plays on a Hard Rubber Durga 3.
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Q:What is your internal experience when you feel REALLY connected to the music?
A:It’s an out of body experience. You feel in tune with the crowd. That’s where the magic is!
- Harvard University (BA – Math)
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