John Murph

John’s Contributions


05/31/13    Overdue Ovation

"KiIler" Ray Appleton: Once Upon a Time in the Midwest

Following a tragic accident, learning to drum again


05/24/13    Features

Dear Abbey: Marc Cary Pays Tribute to a Legendary Singer

Abbey Lincoln celebrated on keyboardist's newest release


05/14/13    Albums

Life Forum
Gerald Clayton

Gerald Clayton switches up his game on this thrilling disc. He ups the conceptual ante and widens his sonic palette to include trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, saxophonists Logan Richardson and Dayna Stephens, and singers Gretchen Parlato and Sachal Vasandani...


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

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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).