Marcus Miller

LONDON Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road


One of the most influential artists of our time, the superstar of fusion, funk, soul and jazz, Marcus Miller returns to Royal Festival Hall with his genre-defying album Laid Black

With this project Marcus Miller pursues a musical mix incorporating more modern, urban elements into his sound from trap, hiphop, R&B to gospel.

In a career stretching back to the 70s, Marcus Miller has worked with a hit list of the past half century’s musical movers and shakers, from Aretha Franklin to Luther Vandross, from Dizzy Gillespie to Wayne Shorter, from Eric Clapton to Donald Fagen – and, crucially, was the producer and collaborator on Miles Davis’ brilliant final albums.

Miller’s powerful, jazz/funk bass playing, pushing boundaries and taking jazz to new levels, his pursuit of discovering and working with young talents and his force of nature live performances made him a major inspiration to the next jazz generation.

From the multi-instrumentalist's storming solo release Ley Lines, to composing for London Symphony Orchestra, to filling club dance floors, UK jazz rising star Emma-Jean Thackray shall open the show with her band Walrus

Hailing from Yorkshire, Emma-Jean Thackray has developed a signature trumpet sound, as well as shining with the clarinet, flugel, drums and more, alongside being an accomplished beat-maker, composer, bandleader and remixer. All these elements culminate in her music to create an ‘hypnotic, low-end with psychedelic soul that’s cross-bred with woozy horns’ (Downbeat)

She has a monthly radio show on Worldwide FM and her remix credits include Hector Plimmer and Makaya McCraven’s CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape. She’s also been in the Brazil in March/April collaborating and recording for upcoming projects.

Emma-Jean Thackray
- Trumpet
Dougal Taylor
- Drums
Ben Kelly
- Tuba
Lyle Barton
- Keys


Furthering his support of young, UK artists, Marcus Miller will be joined on stage for 1 or 2 songs by saxophonist Sam Healey of Skeltr, who recently completed our Talent Development programme Take Five. Based in Manchester, Sam spent six years as part of Beats and Pieces Big band whilst completing a degree in Classical Music at RNCM. He’s performed live on BBC Radio 3 for classical ensembles, won the Johnny Raducanu improvisation prize in Romania and spent a year as soprano sax for Ensemble Denada in Norway.