John Murph

John’s Contributions


03/26/13    Albums

House of Legends
Courtney Pine

Nearly three decades since emerging as a solo artist, Courtney Pine remains a thrilling showman on the saxophone, prone to show off his virtuosity—especially his mastery of circular breathing—even when it’s not necessarily in service of the music. Pine’s...


12/10/12    Features

Joe Chambers: The Big Picture

Whatever you do, don't call this multi-tasker "just a drummer"


07/04/12    Albums

The Complete 1970s Epic Albums Collection
George Duke

What perfect timing for two grand box sets of classic jazz-funk and fusion. Whether they realize it or not, current groove-savvy artists like Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, Flying Lotus and Thundercat are indebted to the ’70s work of keyboardist George...


06/06/12    Features

Don Byron: Song of a Preacher Fan

From professional struggles to televangelism: a musical-spiritual story


05/29/12    Features

Alfredo Rodríguez: Far From Home, Pursuing Happiness

With his Quincy Jones-produced Debut, a pianist emerges


03/30/12    Features

Gregory Porter: Jazz's Next Great Male Vocalist

Embracing the struggle between joy and pain


01/23/12    Features

Luis Perdomo: A Bandleader Made, Not Born

“It just feels right” to emerge as leader, says the pianist


11/21/11    Features

John Hollenbeck’s Natural Impulses

The drummer-composer on the importance of being himself


08/28/11    Features

Seth MacFarlane: From Cartooning to Crooning

Family Guy creator goes Sinatra on lush big-band vocal debut


05/30/11    Features

JD Allen: Victory of the Underdog

After years of hard knocks and inner turmoil, JD Allen emerges with one of jazz's best and brawniest trios.


05/03/11    Features

Peter Eldridge: Pop, Life

Vocalist Peter Eldridge applies pop values and lyrical smarts on the Latin-tinged Mad Heaven


03/30/11    Features

Andrew D’Angelo: Mind Power

After a miraculous recovery from brain cancer, saxophonist Andrew D’Angelo returns inspired, focused and humbled


March 2011    Features

Freedom Suite: Let the Music Speak

Nnenna Freelon and son Pierce craft a natural, engaging blend of jazz and hip-hop on Freedom Suite


December 2010    Features

Rhapsody in Rainbow: Jazz and the Queer Aesthetic

A look at how gay jazz musicians have dealt with their identity through their music


December 2010    Albums

CTI Records: The Cool Revolution
Various Artists

John Murph on the box set in celebration of CTI Records' 40th Anniversary


November 2010    Features

Junko Onishi: Time To Reflect

After years out of the spotlight, pianist Junko Onishi returns with a bracing new album and a Mingus-sized band

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About John Murph


John Murph is a Washington, D.C.-based music, art and pop culture journalist. His work has been published in JazzTimes, Down Beat, JazzWise and Vibe magazines; in the Washington Post, the Washington Post Express and the Washington City Paper newspapers; and on the NPR, BET Interactive and the Root Web sites. He also hosts a bi-weekly radio show on WPFW-FM (89.3).