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May 12

How To Listen To Music: Quincy and Frank

May 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm EDT

A musical analysis of Frank Sinatra, Live at the Sands, with particular regard for the role of Quincy Jones as Arranger

How To Listen To Music is committed to helping you deepen your relationship to yourself and to culture by training you to better understand and appreciate the music that you listen to.

In our next gathering we will be doing the our second investigation into the work of Quincy Jones via Frank Sinatra’s album, Live at the Sands. Sinatra at the Sands was a monumental collaboration between Jones, Sinatra, and Count Basie. Many of the arrangements of American Standards from this album are the most common for much of this music. We will dig a little into how to listen to big band textures and arranging for larger groups.

About the Host:

Marcus G. Miller began studying saxophone at age nine and, with the help of world renown saxophonist Bruce Williams (Roy Hargrove, Juilliard, World Saxophone Quartet), developed a passion that put him on stage at 13. With gifts extending beyond music, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Mathematics. After a short stint at a major hedge fund he moved to New York City to pursue music. He soon developed a reputation as a versatile and virtuosic player, while studying music production and engineering under Grammy-Winning Engineer “Bassy” Bob Brockman (Notorious B.I.G, Herbie Hancock, D’Angelo).

Marcus has performed at the Obama White House, Madison Square Garden, The World Economic Forum at Davos, The Montreux Jazz Festival, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert alongside Jon Batiste, and Carnegie Hall. In addition, he has worked with jazz giants ELEW and Jazzmeia Horn, as well as major artists like The Fugees and Madonna. He is a regular at Daybreaker NYC, touring with them on Oprah’s 2020 vision tour. He works as a teaching artist at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and was noted as an Artist of Distinction by the state of New Jersey.

Marcus maintains his interest in mathematics and physics by giving talks and performances that combine Math and Music. He has been featured at the Falling Walls 2020 Virtual Conference for Berlin Science Week, TEDSummit 2019, TEDxOttawa 2019, Brown University, University of Georgia, University of Michigan, and venues in Istanbul, Hong Kong. He has also held a 2 year residency at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City called Quadrivium: Math Plus Music. He hopes to encourage people to become more aware of the potential for mathematics and music to serve as routes to personal, spiritual, and community development.

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