Marcus Miller is a multi-talented artist/percussionist based in Southern California. He is the founder and musical director of Freedom Jazz Movement, a performance art ensemble. Miller is also the artistic director & bandleader of the percussion ensemble Project World Drum. Marcus is a member of Chamber Music America, the American Federation of Musicians Union, and the Recording Academy, Miller is a SESAC affiliate and president of Universe Soul Records. He endorses Remo, Innovative Percussion, Istanbul cymbals, Electro Voice, and Rhythm Tech products.
Marcus is an artist for the Universe Soul Records label. Since 2001, he has recorded and released 16 albums for the label. A composer and songwriter, Miller has recorded and toured with his ensembles Freedom Jazz Movement, Boujoubumbastick, Project World Drum & the Marcus Miller Ensemble. In June 2016, his group the Marcus Miller Ensemble, accompanied the Lula Washington Dance Theatre performing 4 nights at the Israeli Opera House in Tel-Aviv. In November 2015, Marcus and his jazz band traveled to Russia to headline the Vladivostock music festival. In 2011, they toured 20 cities in China with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Marcus has also performed in Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, and throughout Europe. He has played many notable venues and festivals, both internationally and nationally, including Reggae on the River, the San Jose jazz festival, the Lincoln Center out of doors festival, the Virginia Arts festival, the Broad stage in Santa Monica, and Grand Performances' California Plaza.
Marcus' film credits include music licensed for several independent films and documentaries including "Love and other 4 letter words" (2006), "My Girlfriend's Back" (2008), Twentieth Century Fox's "Avatar the last Airbender" (2010), "Beyond the Drum" (2011), "Movement with Meaning" (2012), and "My Critic" (2017).
As a professional drummer, Marcus has recorded, toured, and performed with many artists including Ben Harper & the innocent criminals, Sheila E., Vinx, The Watts Prohphets, Bennie Maupin, Trevor Hall, Ozomatli, Ashanti, Bobby Bryant Jazz Poetry Collective, Leon Mobley & Da Lion, Michelle Shocked, and the Angel City Chorale. A former Disney cast member, he performed in both the Lion King and Eureka parades at Disneyland (1996-2001).
In 1998, Marcus began working with youth in Southern California at St. Elmo Village. It was there he founded the percussion group, the Young Drummers of Los Angeles, for drummers ages 10-16. In 2004, he began teaching percussion at the William Grant Still art center. Over the years, Marcus has worked extensively with various local Southern California museums, schools, libraries, art centers, and art organizations including LACMA, C.A.A.M., LAPL, P.S. Arts, Jack & Jill LA chapter, The Skirball Center, & The Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Miller has worked on projects in the Caribbean, Mexico, NYC, & CA with New York's Global Arts to Go.