Marilyn Mazur Photo © and courtesy Marilyn Mazur
Background before joining Miles: Played in various jazz groups in Scandinavia.
How she got the Miles gig: Played on the Aura concert and album sessions in late 1984/early 1985. Was in the audience at a Miles gig and asked to sit in on a tune. Soon after, was invited by Miles to join the band as a second percussionist.
Played from: August 1985 – June 1986, April 1988 – March 1989
Official albums and DVDs featured on: Aura, Live Around The World, The Complete Miles Davis At Montreux, Live In Munich (DVD), Rubberband, Live At Montreux – Highlights 1973-1991 (DVD), The Definitive Miles Davis at Montreux (DVD).
Tracks worth checking out: “Intro,” “White,” “Tutu,” “Heavy Metal Prelude,” “Carnival Time.”
Mazur on Miles: “He was always nice and inspiring but sometimes provocative! I feel Miles taught me more patience, and a lot about grooving and musical flow and gathering a band’s energy.”
Comments: Mazur was the only woman member of a Miles Davis band and one of the few people to re-join Miles’s band. She used an array of instruments and was a hyperactive performer – Miles encouraged her to dance as well as play. Some of her most energetic performances are with the band that included second percussionist Steve Thornton, which sadly remain officially unreleased.