Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Murphy


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All About Jazz is celebrating Mark Murphy's birthday today!

The following is based on the book This is Hip: the Life of Mark Murphy by Peter Jones (Equinox Publishing, 2018). All rights reserved.

In the opinion of many, Mark Murphy was the greatest jazz singer who ever lived.

Quite a statement, but one that can be made to stand up pretty well in court. There have, of course, been more successful jazz singers; certainly more popular jazz singers. But not one of them has possessed the sheer range of abilities that Murphy was blessed with. He had a natural “instrument” at his disposal, a rich, masculine tone...Read more.

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