John Murph

John’s Contributions

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11/21/11    Features

John Hollenbeck’s Natural Impulses

The drummer-composer on the importance of being himself

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08/28/11    Features

Seth MacFarlane: From Cartooning to Crooning

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

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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.

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05/03/11    Features

Peter Eldridge: Pop, Life

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

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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

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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

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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

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December 2010    Albums

CTI Records: The Cool Revolution
Various Artists

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

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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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05/20/10    Features

Tia Fuller: Hustle & Flow

John Murph profiles young saxophonist who balances solo career with role as back-up to Beyonce

04/18/10    Features

Jose James: Two Sides, Same Coin

With a pair of different yet equally dynamic releases, vocalist José James arrives

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02/01/10    Features

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Drama Queen

Dee Dee Bridgewater and Billie Holiday share a surprising kinship. But can Bridgewater, a madcap, theatrical vocalist, pay convincing homage to Lady Day, jazz’s most mythologized singer?

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December 2009    Features

Uncovered: Album Art in the Digital Age

Can jazz’s rich tradition of eye-catching cover art survive in the MP3 era?

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10/06/09    Features

Online Exclusive: Madeleine Peyroux

The chanteuse becomes a full-fledged songwriter on Bare Bones

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May 2009    Features

Nat King Cole: Getting Their Kicks

An eclectic group of contemporary artists reinvents Cole classics

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December 2008    Features

Roy Hargrove: Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

A mysterious bandleader who leads by example

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About John Murph

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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).