Marcus Miller is classically trained as a clarinetist and also plays keyboards, saxophone and guitar. He began to work regularly in New York City, eventually playing bass and writing music for jazz keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith. Miller soon became a session musician, appearing on over 500 albums by such artists as Michael Jackson, Wayne Shorter, George Benson, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, LL Cool J, Elton John, Bill Withers, and many other stars.
As a composer, Miller co-wrote several songs on the Miles Davis album “Tutu”, he also composed "Chicago Song" for David Sanborn and co-wrote four Luther Vandross hits.
Miller has won numerous Grammy Awards as a producer for Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, David Sanborn, Bob james, Chaka Khan and Wayne Shorter. He won a Grammy Award for the best R&B song for Luther Vandross' “Power of Love”, in 2001 he won for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for his seventh solo instrumental album. His 2015 album “Afrodeezia” earned a Grammy Award nomination.