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Mark Murphy (March 14, 1932) is an American jazz singer based in New York. He is most noted for his definitive and unique vocalese and vocal improvisations with both melody and lyrics. He is the recipient of the 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2001 Down Beat magazine readers jazz poll for Best Male Vocalist of the Year and is also the recipient of six Grammy award nominations for Best Vocal Jazz Performance. He is also famous for his original lyrics to the jazz classics “Stolen Moments” and “Red Clay”. From his Meet Mark Murphy (1956) to Never Let Me Go (2010), Murphy continues attracting audiences and admirers up to the present day.

Born in Syracuse, New York in 1932, Murphy was raised in a musical family, his parents having met as members of the local Methodist Church choir. He grew up in the nearby small town of Fulton, New York[2] where his grandmother and then his aunt were the church organists. Opera was also popular in the Murphy home. He started piano lessons at the age of seven.
Murphy joined his brother’s jazz dance band as the singer when a teenager, citing influences from Nat “King” Cole, June Christy, Anita O’Day, and Ella Fitzgerald. Jazz piano legend Art Tatum was also an influence.
Murphy graduated from Syracuse University in 1953, majoring in Music and Drama. University life included performing on campus and also in a club – piano and singing.
In 1954, Murphy moved to New York City, working part-time as an actor and singer. He appeared in productions for the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company and a musical version for TV of Casey at the Bat. Also, he twice took second place at the Apollo Theatre amateur contests.

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  • dzoist

    man, the latest "shadows" is... masterful- absolutely slammin band so contextual the one abstract track "hobnik?"...I was all, "fwamn...is that a baby bird breathing?" remember that's your mind talkin baby..yeah, thats where he and bandmates are on this artful sound...the sad thing is you gotta be there too to enjoy it....

    11 Feb 11:01am Reply
  • aktifistanbul

    Mark Murphy Quartet Konseri, İstanbul Jazz Center, 22 Ekim 2011, Cumartesi . Detaylı Blgi İçin...aktifistanbul.com

    11 Oct 2011 Reply
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    Mark Murphy Quartet Konseri, İstanbul Jazz Center, 21 Ekim 2011, Cuma . Detaylı Blgi İçin...aktifistanbul.com

    10 Oct 2011 Reply
  • kokjebalder

    Best male jazz singer alive

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
  • maggum

    Great Video! Mark Murphy - Lookin' For Another Pure Love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYLv9lfEq-4

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • pooooof

    "Why Don't You Do Right" is so hip!

    30 Apr 2009 Reply
  • arcarsena1

    Seriously, his rendition of "My Favorite Things" is so great. This guy has it all.

    25 Apr 2009 Reply
  • gjlisten

    if i had a voice like that - id be walking around with a constant smile on my face

    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • chillionaire

    me too, since he's so cool!

    5 Jan 2009 Reply
  • brautigiggle

    I'm posting in MArk Murphy's shoutbox. That is all.

    23 Mar 2006 Reply

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