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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Wednesday March 21


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

RIP Mark Murphy

First Don Rendell and now Mark Murphy! I know your heroes don't live forever but two in one day! Mark passed away yesterday (October 21) leaving behind a legacy that should have been enormous but wasn't although, in artistic terms it was as big as Porter or Elling. He was the consummate jazz singer - he should have been playing stadiums, but I'm glad he wasn't on 9/11.  9/11 1984 that is.
On that Tuesday evening he was at the Corner House in Newcastle where, accompanied by the Willie Payne/Sid Warren Sextet, he gave one of the most memorable performances that venue had ever seen and, in that era, they'd seen plenty!
The concert was reviewed in Mark's Fanzine (if the word had been invented then!) Mark's Time by Bruce Brewer. The magazine was edited by Norbert Warner of Whitley Bay. Fortunately I have a copy of that mag (The official magazine of the Mark Murphy Appreciation Society) and re-reading it 31 years on brings the memories flooding back.
He really was the business.
I don't know if Norbert or Bruce are still around but I'd love to have their memories of a singer who was as unique as any of them - especially on that night in 1984.
In 2013 Debra M reviewed his vinyl EP tribute to Shirley Horn - A Beautiful Friendship.
Mark Murphy was 83.
Light a candle or drink a toast to The Man!
Farmer's Market/Again.


Eric McKenzie Stutt (on F/b) said...

RIP Man one of my Favourite Singers!!

Jude Murphy (on F/b) said...

Oh, sad news indeed. He was wonderful

Anonymous said...

Norbert Warner is still around, I see his reviews on Amazon website.

Anonymous said...

Saw him at Camden's Jazz Cafe. Mesmerising ! An amazing singer ...

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