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Marcus Miller playing the “Big Licorice”, or bass clarinet. The first evening, the host Marcus Miller played in one of the most exciting jazz shows I’ve seen. The group included his usual group, Bobby Sparks on keyboards, “Poogie” Bell on drums, Dean Brown on guitar, Keith Anderson on saxophone, Gregoire Maret on harmonica, and “Patches” Stewart on trumpet. Kurt Whalem performed as a special guest on saxophone.

Marcus usually plays an electric bass, and has played with legendary groups such as Miles Davis. He was responsible for hiring all the musicians and providing the “house band” backing some individual performers, and playing in late-nite jam session called ‘Marcus Miller and friends. With his seemingly tireless enthusiasm, he did a superb job! The man who chartered the Rotterdam, Greg Lazzare, said when he asked Marcus to be the host for this cruise, Marcus listened without comment other than “I’m listening,” sounds like, “uh huh.” Finally he asked, “Who chooses the line-up?” when told that would be his sole responsibility, he next asked, “What’s my budget?”
When he received the response, “Whatever you need,” he agreed to host the cruise.

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