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Mark Murphy at 75

This week on Afterglow we celebrate the 75th birthday of one of the most hip and enduring singers on the jazz scene today, singer Mark Murphy.

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Mark Murphy's album Rah. His career began in the mid-1950s.

This week on Afterglow we celebrate the 75th birthday of jazz singer Mark Murphy.

Murphy is one of the most hip and enduring jazz singers on the scene today, and he remains active, with a new CD from the Verve label on the way.

On this program we look back at recordings spanning the length of his career, which began in the mid-1950s.

We’ll also hear from Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, pianist Cedar Walton, organist Reuben Wilson, and saxophonists Greg Osby and Art Pepper, as well as new music from Tony DeSare and Tierney Sutton.

You can hear more Mark Murphy from the early years of his career here.

Music Heard On This Episode

Out of This World
Mark Murphy — Rah (Riverside, 1961)
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Out of This World
Mark Murphy — Rah (Riverside, 1961)
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When the Sun Comes Out
Art Pepper — Winter Moon (Galaxy, 1980)

Notes: Bill Holman arrangement.

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Glad to Be Unhappy
Tierney Sutton — On the Other Side (TelArc, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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Stormy
Reuben Wilson — Love Bug (Blue Note, 1969)

Notes: With Lee Morgan on trumpet, Grant Green on guitar, and George Coleman on tenor sax.

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Who Needs Forever
Greg Osby — Invisible Hand (Blue Note, 2000)

Notes: Quincy Jones movie theme, from the 1967 film A DEADLY AFFAIR.

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Every Time We Say Goodbye
Ella Fitzgerald — The Cole Porter Songbook (Verve, 1956)
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It Could Happen to You
Bud Powell — Amazing Bud Powell V. 1 (Blue Note, 1951)
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Fascinatin' Rhythm
Mark Murphy — Crazy Rhythm (Decca, 1956)
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I Get Along Without You Very Well
Mark Murphy — Midnight Mood (MPS, 1967)
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Along Came Betty
Mark Murphy — Jazz Standards (32 Jazz)

Notes: Benny Golson composition.

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Parker's Mood
Mark Murphy — Bop for Kerouac (Muse, 1981)
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Miles
Mark Murphy — Bop for Miles (HighNote, 2004)
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There Will Never Be Another You
Tony DeSare — Last First Kiss (TelArc, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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Rubber Man
Cedar Walton — One Flight Down (HighNote, 2006)

Notes: new release.

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Blue Turning Grey Over You
Billie Holiday — Billie's Blues (Blue Note, 1951)

Notes: Recording for the Aladdin label.

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The Way of All Flesh
Gene Krupa — Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements (Verve, 1959)
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Angel Eyes
Mark Murphy — Rah (Riverside, 1961)
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My Ship
Mark Murphy — Midnight Mood (MPS, 1967)
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Baltimore Oriole
Mark Murphy — Song for the Geese (RCA Victor, 1997)
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Love is Here to Stay
Mark Murphy — Once to Every Heart (Verve, 2005)
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Rose Room
Norman Granz jam session — Complete Norman Granz Jam Sessions (Verve, 1953)

Notes: Soloists: Johnny Hodges, Roy Eldridge, Flip Phillips, Oscar Peterson, Illinois Jacquet, Lionel Hampton

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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