Live on “Ad Lib” (1981)

Mark Murphy

March 14, 1932 – October 22, 2015

Singer Mark Murphy was born March 14, 1932 in Syracuse, NY and raised in the nearby small town of Fulton, NY.

He came from a musical family. His mother and father were singers in the local Methodist choir and his grandmother and aunt were the church organists. Opera was popular in his home.

Murphy started piano lessons at 7 and joined his brother’s dance band as the singer as a teenager. He was inspired by musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day and Nat “King” Cole.

After graduating from Syracuse University, he moved to NYC in 1954 where he worked as an actor and singer.

His first album “Meet Mark Murphy” came out n 1956 on Decca.

After a long stay in London (1963-1972), he returned to the US and began a long and fruitful relationship with the Muse label putting out an average of an album a year with them for 14 years.

Murphy continued to record and tour into his 80s, racking up six Grammy awards and collaborating with musicians from a wide range of styles including Tenth & Parker, a modern UK electronica/acid jazz group.

Partial list of personnel on these videos:

Mark Murphy, vocals
Phil Moore, piano
Pete Candoli, trumpet
Conti Candoli, trumpet

The program is evenly divided between the music of Mark Murphy and the Condoli brothers.

“Ad Lib” was a TV program hosted by composer and pianist Phil Moore and produced by Cinema Arts Productions Inc. that aired in 1981. Ad Lib featured noted jazz artists performing for the video camera while recording their musical albums at various recording studios. The series was repeated in 1982 and in 1984.

A short list of some of the artists who appeared on this series include: Freddie Hubbard, Mark Murphy, Stanley Turrentine, Red Norvo, Willie Bobo, Red Holloway, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Kenny Burrell, Dianner Reeves, and Kenny Rankin.

Part Two of the show