Bassist and composer Marcus Miller will make his debut for Blue Note Records next month with the release of his Afrodeezia, available March 16 in Europe and March 17 in the U.S. The album’s lead single “Hylife” is available now across all digital retailers and streaming services. Miller has also announced select shows around the album’s March release in Chicago, Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles, with further tour dates to be announced shortly.
Afrodeezia, according to a press release, was inspired by Miller’s role as a UNESCO Artist For Peace and spokesperson for the organization’s Slave Route Project. It was recorded in locations around the world including Morocco, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Los Angeles, and features such guests as rapper Chuck D., vocalist Lalah Hathaway, keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeters Etienne Charles and Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarists Keb’ Mo’ and Wah Wah Watson, bassist/producer Mocean Worker, and cellist Ben Hong, as well as musicians from Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Miller’s core band includes saxophonist Alex Han, trumpeter Lee Hogans, pianist Brett Williams, guitarist Adam Agati, and drummer Louis Cato.
Miller will tour in March in support of the new release.
March 12 – Space – Evanston, IL
March 13 – MCG Jazz – Pittsburgh, PA
March 14 – Bears Den at Seneca Niagara Casino – Niagara Falls, NY
March 17 – The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
March 18 – B.B. King Blues Club – New York, NY
March 20-21 – Spaghettini’s – Los Angeles, CA