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Take Five With Marcus Goldhaber

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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 concerts at The Worldwide Plaza and AOL's Time Warner Center. Since his debut release, Marcus has received regular airplay across the country including by Jonathan Schwartz (WNYC) and was a three-star "Pick" in People Magazine (Nov. 6th, 2006).

Instrument: voice.

Teachers and/or influences? Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Golson.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I decided to let myself be just that.

Your sound and approach to music: Tell the story.

Your teaching approach: Tell the story.

Your dream band: It would have been quite a thrill to sing with Peggy Lee or Rosemary Clooney.

Favorite venue: Iridium Jazz Club.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why? The Moment After. It's simply better than all the other ones that I haven't recorded yet.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? A fresh, simple approach to the story of a song.

Did you know... When I was a boy, I broke more windows playing tennis and hockey against the garage door than any other kid in my neighborhood.

How you use the internet to help your career? I send out a regular newsletter with updates, I have my CD available on iTunes, CDBaby, Myspace and on my website, which I update on a daily basis (photos, gigs, sound clips, etc.). I also make use of services provided by All About Jazz, Sonicbids and Jazzsingers.com.

CDs you are listening to now: Benny Golson Up Jumped Benny (Arkadia); Bill Evans and Jim Hall, Undercurrent (Blue Note); Freddie Hubbard, Here To Stay (Blue Note); Chet Baker, The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 (Roulette Jazz); Jessica Molasky, A Good Day (PS Classics).

How would you describe the state of jazz today? Moving.

What is in the near future? Featured Guest Vocalist w/Les Paul: Monday, February 12, 2007 at 10pm.

Valentine's Day Concert - Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at Giovanni's Atrium, 100 Washington Street (one train to Rector St., walk one block west) Two seatings: 6pm and 8pm $60 (includes three-course dinner) Reservations: (212) 513-4133

Enzo's Friday, May 4, 2007 22 East 38th St. (at Madison Ave.) Two sets: 8pm and 9:30pm $15 cover (212) 265-7223.

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