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Show Information
MARK MURPHY – "A LIFE IN SONG"

2012-05-21
Showtime: 10:30PM
Doors Open at 9:45PM

MAKE RESERVATION
BAR TABLE
$15.00 $25.00


"Let's face it - the man embodies the very essence of 'hip.' And always will."

-Thom Jurek, AllMusic.com


[ Complete Show Schedule... ]
Mark Murphy – "A Life in Song"
FEATURING:
Mark Murphy, voice
Till Brönner, trumpet
Sheila Jordan, voice
Helen Merrill, voice
Annie Ross, voice
Sachal Vasandani, voice
Roseanna Vitro, voice
Tessa Souter, voice
Rhiannon, voice
Dena DeRose, voice
Giacomo Gates, voice
Steve Ross, voice
Amy London, voice
Alex Minasian, piano
Brandi Disterheft, bass
Willard Dyson, drums

Tonight at the Blue Note, living jazz legend Mark Murphy will be honored in a special show featuring performances by such friends and renowned jazz vocalists as Sheila Jordan, Annie Ross, Dena DeRose, Helen Merrill, Roseanna Vitro, Tessa Souter, and others (including, of course, Murphy himself). Musical director and pianist George Mesterhazy will lead the accompanying trio, which also includes bassist Sean Smith and drummer Willard Dyson.



Mark Murphy is without question one of the best jazz singers who has ever lived. Remarkably, and despite a certain fame in his youth, he didn't hit his stride artistically until his forties, a fact he himself acknowledges. Now 80 years old, he has more than made up for lost time. He is perhaps best known for his definitive and unique vocalese and vocal improvisations with both melody and lyrics. In addition, he has received six Grammy nominations for Best Vocal Jazz Performance and received the DownBeat Magazine's Readers Poll award for Best Male Vocalist of the Year in 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2001. He is also famous for his original lyrics to the jazz classics "Stolen Moments" and "Red Clay."

Even at 80, Murphy continues to tour internationally, appearing at festivals and concerts, in the best jazz clubs, and on television programs throughout the world. Time has been good to this man's voice – a rich, virile, attractively craggy bass-baritone, etched with the wisdom of a journey that spans over half a decade. It's a sound that could have crept from the shadows of some smoky dive in a Robert Mitchum film noir. "Just listen to Mark Murphy, and the odds are in favor of your being provoked to extremes," declared the liner notes of his first LP, made for Decca in 1956. Murphy, the writer added, "is one of the great singers of our times."



Despite his secure place in the jazz pantheon, Murphy is not content to rest. Having independently released his latest album, Never Let Me Go, in 2010, he continues to search for new ideas and to practice his art as much as possible, winning new fans along the way. Don't miss what is sure to be an evening full of great music, laughter, and joy, honoring a master.

 

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