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With 4 critically acclaimed CDs, Marcus Goldhaber has quickly become known for his songwriting as well as his intimate approach to straight-ahead Jazz. With a 4-star review, PEOPLE Magazine has said, “Goldhaber will have you giddy one moment and melancholy the next and loving every note.” Jazztimes has labeled Marcus as “Wonderfully imaginative,” while Jazziz says he is “exciting and fresh” and All About Jazz simply proclaims, [Marcus is] “like a plate full of comfort food.”

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Marcus developed a passion for Jazz and the songs of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s alongside a 1928 Ivers & Pond upright piano, on which his mother casually played countless standards. Marcus currently performs in many of the greatest Jazz venues in NYC including: Iridium, The Kitano, The Metropolitan Room, The Cutting Room, Sweet Rhythm, Opia, The Friars Club, The Makor/Steinhardt Center, The Carnegie Club, Lenox Lounge and a guest spot with the legendary Les Paul. He has also performed concerts at NYC’s Worldwide Plaza, The AOL Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle and has maintained longer engagements at both the Benjamin Hotel and The Night Hotel.

Poised for breakout success, acclaimed NYC jazz vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER takes another considerable step forward with the Oct. 14, 2014 release of A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND AN EVENING (Fallen Apple Records/The Orchard) – the first album with major distribution behind this rapidly rising artist who JazzTimes says “rivals the jazz instincts of Chet Baker and John Pizzarelli.” The powerful, 12-track collection reintroduces some of Goldhaber’s favorite standards alongside five new originals, highlighting his artistic evolution from a “wonderfully imaginative” jazz interpreter to a wistfully undeniable composer & lyricist of modern standards, while remaining “exciting and fresh” (Jazziz) with every progression. Goldhaber has garnered tremendous critical acclaim as a recording artist, with PEOPLE Magazine saying the New Yorker with the youthfully carefree sweet tenor “will have you giddy one moment and melancholy the next and loving every note.”

Album highlights include Goldhaber originals “Somebody In Love” and the opening track, “As Long As I’m Falling In Love,” both produced by drum master Marcello Pellitteri (Kenny Barron, Jon Hendricks, Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis) at New York’s famed Avatar Studios. “Somebody in Love” is a New Orleans-inspired song featuring tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm taking the band to the swinging clubs of the 1950s. His solo is followed by an electric moment from guitarist John Hart. “As Long As I’m Falling in Love,” co-written with Goldhaber’s longtime pianist and musical director Jon Davis (Jaco Pastorius, Stan Getz) and also heard in the film Going Down in La-La Land, is about that moment of falling in love, “right at the beginning,” says Goldhaber, “when you know there’s no complication. It’s just that calm, easy, sort of saloon style blues feel that just says, ‘Everything’s good.’” A high mark is the album’s closing track, “Losin’ Your Appeal,” a swinging Goldhaber original showcasing a funkier sound and a sexy vibe. It was produced by Billy Jay Stein (Linda Eder, Spider-Man, Beautiful Broadway cast album) and features a marvelous horn section from top rock bands and the Broadway scene, with Stein on vintage Hammond B-3 and Wurlitzer organ.

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Chats with Cats

The Jazz Emcee: Marcus Goldhaber

Read "The Jazz Emcee: Marcus Goldhaber" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


In this episode of Chats With Cats, I caught up with Marcus Goldhaber who lives in a place with a very storied jazz history, the Harlem neighborhood in jny: New York City. To pin Marcus down to one job title is impossible because he does so many things. He's a singer, an actor, a club manager, an activist, an entrepreneur, and as of late, a podcaster. But because I had to narrow it down to one title for this article ...

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Marcus Goldhaber: Almost Love

Read "Almost Love" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes


On his third album, vocalist and songwriter Marcus Goldhaber presents an eclectic mix of original songs that run the gamut of his musical influences, ranging from pop-inflected ballads to more swinging jazz tunes.The disc opens with “Love Me Tonight," a romantic ballad that sets the tone for almost half of the album, mostly comprised of mid-tempo ballads. The acoustic guitar-centered arrangements are reminiscent of James Taylor, but with less focus on Taylor's folk style and with a clear ...

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Take Five With...

Take Five With Marcus Goldhaber

Read "Take Five With Marcus Goldhaber" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Marcus Goldhaber: Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Marcus developed a passion for Jazz alongside a 1928 Ivers & Pond upright piano, on which his mother casually played countless standards. Inspired by his upbringing, along with a clear inheritance of the musical gene, Marcus graduated later with a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia. He then moved to New York City and worked as an Actor, but eventually decided to record the wonderful songs of Harold ...

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Marcus Goldhaber: Take Me Anywhere

Read "Take Me Anywhere" reviewed by Marcia Hillman


Marcus Goldhaber's new CD comes on like a plate full of comfort food. This collection of 17 songs (almost half of which are original and the rest familiar standards) is done straightforwardly with the Jon Davis Trio (Davis on piano, Martin Wind on bass and Marcello Pellitteri on drums with drummer Lieven Venken on one track). Goldhaber's soft, warm voice and lyric-driven laid back style tells each story effortlessly. He also takes a couple of tired chestnuts ("With Plenty Of ...

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Marcus Goldhaber: The Moment After

Read "The Moment After" reviewed by Marcia Hillman


Marcus Goldhaber's background is in the standard songs of legendary popular music writers and the legendary singers who performed them. His debut album expectedly draws its material from songs dating from the '20s-'50s, and he delivers them in a pleasing straight-ahead manner. Goldhaber is assisted by Jon Davis (piano), Paul Gabrielson (bass) and Kyle Struve or Will Terrill (drums). The format of The Moment After is simple, emphasizing the vocalist with some tasteful solos by the band ...

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Take Five With Marcus Goldhaber

Read "Take Five With  Marcus Goldhaber" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Marcus Goldhaber: Marcus was born in Buffalo, NY and moved to NYC directly after graduating with a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia. He spent five years working off-Broadway and regionally before switching his focus and releasing his debut record, The Moment After, in September of 2006. In the past two years he has played the Iridium Jazz Club (w/Les Paul), Enzo's, The Friars Club, The Hotel Benjamin, The Carnegie Club, The Ritz Carlton, Manhattan Lounge, and given ...

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Marcus Goldhaber: The Moment After

Read "The Moment After" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Jazz vocalist Marcus Goldhaber's debut album, The Moment After, reveals quite an interesting family history. Goldhaber's love of the Great American Songbook stems from the many times his mother would gather all around the 1928 Ivers & Pond upright piano and call out to young Marcus, “This one, you should know"--in the same manner that her parents had done when she was the same age as him. In a sense, this Buffalo, New York griot (forgive me, Goldhabers) was passing ...

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“Goldhaber will have you giddy one moment and melancholy the next and loving every note.” - PEOPLE Magazine

"In this world of ordinary singers and underrated treasures, I'm glad there is Marcus Goldhaber" - Nora McCarthy, Jazz Inside

“Like a plate full of comfort food.” - Marcia Hillman, All About Jazz

“Exciting and fresh.” - Jazziz Magazine

“Terrific. Wonderfully imaginative.” - JazzTimes Magazine

“As good as it gets!” - Midwest Record, www.midwestrecord.com

“Tasteful and hip, Goldhaber has a gorgeous and sensitive vocal quality...His vocal approach brings the lyric to life!” - Jazz Improv Magazine

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A Lovely Way To Spend...

Fallen Apple Records
2014

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Almost Love

Fallen Apple Records
2012

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Take Me Anywhere

Fallen Apple Records
2009

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The Moment After

Fallen Apple Records
2006

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