Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Marcus Goldhaber: The Moment After

Growing up in Buffalo, Marcus Goldhaber was blessed with a mother well-versed in the Great American Songbook and eager to pass along her musical appreciation. So, each evening young Marcus’ mom beckoned him to the family piano with her familiar catchphrase, “Here’s one you should know,” and taught him another Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser or Dorothy Fields gem.

A few decades have since passed, during which Goldhaber tried his hand as an off-Broadway actor and a soap star before committing himself to the music he was raised on. Now, on his debut disc, Goldhaber proves how good a student he was all those years ago. He is often likened to John Pizzarelli and Chet Baker, and both comparisons are valid. Though he lacks both Pizzarelli’s easy, natural sense of swing and the chilling beauty of Baker’s enveloping fogginess, Goldhaber rivals the jazz instincts of both, proving a solid saloon-style balladeer.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published