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Mark Murphy Jan. 22-25 At The Iridium Jazz Club

Mark Murphy- for the Grateful Web

Mark Murphy is one of the world's greatest - and hippest - jazz vocalists performing today.
 
His coterie of fans includes tap dancer Gregory Hines, who spontaneously jumped up on stage at Mark's Las Vegas engagement in 1995 to join him for an impromptu duet. Legendary composer Alec Wilder said of Mark, 'I was quite literally amazed. Mark's musicianship, range, intonation, diction, inventiveness and incredible rhythmic sense are all of a piece and all marvelous.' Vocal greats Betty Carter, Peggy Lee, Cleo Laine and Shirley Horn all sing Murphy's praises as one of the best in he business and the legendary Ella Fitzgerald declared 'he is my equal.'
 
A six-time Grammy nominee, Mark Murphy has enjoyed a prolific 40-year recording career, with over 40 releases to date. His original lyrics to 'Stolen Moments,' 'Red Clay' and more are known the world over. His innovative projects range from the work of Nat 'King' Cole to Jack Kerouac to Ivan Lins to Eddie Jefferson. Stereo Review dubs Mark 'one of the major artists of our age.' Mark Murphy is a jazz singer. 'For decades the question 'What exactly is a jazz singer' 'has had two easy answers, Betty Carter. And Mark Murphy.' writes the New York Post. 'He is arguably the best male jazz singer in the business,' declares Rex Reed.

'Mark Murphy is to jazz singing what Bobby Fisher is to chess.' Jazz journalist Dan Morgenstern writes, 'I can't help relishing his sure and swinging time, his musical and ever-inventive phrasing and that certain quality of sound and feeling combined with time and taste that to me spells jazz.'

MARK MURPHY

Jan. 22-25

At the IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB

1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)

NEW YORK, NY 10023

RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121

Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM

Mark Knopfler | Red Rocks | 7.19.05

Over the years I have always thought of Mark Knopfler as one of my favorite guitar players and I always regretted missing him play live. Last night I figured out why. He was awesome. I was not quite sure what to expect – which was kind of nice for a change. Too many times I know what I am in for and I get just that. But, I have never seen MK and this was going to be a first time for me.

Mark Karan (August 2000)

- for the Grateful Web

When Mark Karan takes a break from life on the road as lead guitarist with Bob Weir's RatDog, what does he do for fun? He hits the highway with his own band!

Since 1998, Mark has been touring with offshoots of the Grateful Dead (including The Other Ones, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum and Bobby Weir's Ratdog).

Before crossing over into the land of the Dead, Mark worked his guitar voodoo for the likes of Dave Mason, Paul Carrack, Delaney Bramlett, the Rembrandts, Huey Lewis, Jesse Colin Young, Alex Call and Sophie B. Hawkins

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Mark has appeared on the Today Show, Austin City Limits, Regis and Kathy Lee, and Late Late Night with Craig Kilborn, in addition to numerous radio stations nationwide, and has been making fans around the country. You can hear why on his bands CD entitled "Jemimah Puddleduck" (Quacktone Records/available at www.markkaran.com). In addition to original songs like "Time Will Tell" & "Rock Your Papa", Mark covers a wonderfully eclectic range of material… from the stanky funk of Johnny Guitar Watson's "You Can Stay (But the Noise Must Go)" to the aching country-soul of Gram Parsons' "She"… from the reggae tinged jamminess of Mark's take on Peter Tosh's "Don't Look Back" to a raucous rave-up like Lowell George's "Teenage Nervous Breakdown" with vocals by Mark's ever-funky bassman, Bob Gross.

Other available recordings featuring Mark on guitar include both "Evening Moods" (2000) and"Live At Roseland" (2001) with RatDog, The Other Ones' "Only The Strange Remain" (1999), "Sounds From Home" by Delaney Bramlett (1998), "Spin This" (1998) by The Rembrandts…Whether with "Jemimah Puddleduck" (Mark's band with premier drummer John Molo) or one of the many combinations of well known musical talent and wonderful "lesser known" players, we've taken to calling "Mark Karan's Buds", Mark brings his soulful blues-based vocal stylings and passionate, inspired guitar work to some of the tastiest tunes around… a passionately delivered mix of rock meets R&B, with flashes of folk, blues, reggae, jazz and whatever other muse might pay a visit in the moment… often surprising… always "the real deal"… Mark Karan.

Mark Karan uses PRS, Gibson and Fender guitars, A. Brown Soun "Tone Tubby" cabinets, Two-Rock amplifiers, and Pyramid Strings