Just when you thought Marcus Miller couldn’t get any cooler, he tops himself. The legendary bassist was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace last month, and is now selling off several of his personal basses to help fund a special project with the organization.
“Several years ago I decided against using my primary bass on tour,” Miller explained on his Facebook page. “In an effort to remain consistent, I began to acquire vintage Fender Jazz Basses to use during performances. I was fortunate to find several great instruments. Through this process we amassed a wonderful collection of instruments, in fact too many for me to play frequently.”
“Also, I am pleased to be nominated an ‘Artist for Peace’ by UNESCO,” he continued. “Through this appointment I will support UNESCO’s Slave Route Project and promote peace, dialogue, and unity through jazz. I have decided to sell a part of my collection, in conjunction with Rudy’s Music on the famous 48th Street Music Rowe. Proceeds from this sale will go to support my UNESCO project.”
The collection of basses includes a host of Fender Jazz basses, as well as Miller’s 1998 fretless Fodera that was used on the albums Tales and M2, and a 6-string Ken Smith. Each bass comes with a personal signed letter of authenticity from Miller himself.
At press time, all but three of the ten basses had been sold. Check out the Rudy’s Music website for more details.