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The art forms of Music, Dance, and Spoken Word have the unique power and ability to make our bodies move and to free our minds. Jazz is the one form of music that utilizes improvisation allowing for freedom in creative thought and expression. Spoken Word gives us the freedom of lyrical expression. Movement embodies all that is creative and free flowing; no constraints or bounds. The combination of these three elements results in the harmonious mixture known as Freedom Jazz Movement. The name says it all...Freedom attained through jazz expressed in movement. Drummer/composer Marcus L. Miller formed this group in 1998 as a vehicle for music he had written for choreographed dance pieces. Each song tells a story that is expressed through a dancer’s movement. The goal musically is to create music that blends the drumming traditions of the African diaspora with melodic and harmonic ideas synonomous to the African-American traditions of jazz , blues, and gospel. The group features Artist/Percussionist Marcus L. Miller, Choreographer/dancer Tamica Washington-Miller, Poet Jennifer Bowens, and Vocalist Treva Offutt. The band, a.k.a "The Miller 4 pack", consists of saxophonist Bobby Bryant, pianist/organist Bobby Pierce, & bassist Edwin Livingston. The music is rooted in the traditions of American Jazz with West-African and Afro-Cuban rhythmic influences...real FOLK music. Freedom Jazz Movement has performed at such venues as the Charles & Harriet Luckman Theatre, The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, The John Anson Ford Theatre, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and appeared at various festivals and events throughout the county of Los Angeles. Freedom Jazz Movement exists to give back to those who have come before us. By playing rhythms with ancient ties, we “Keep Spirits Alive”. Their hearts beat as the drum pounds, and their spirit illuminates through the movements of the dancer, and the stories told make you reflect on just how far we have come.