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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Marcus Goldhaber, Jazz Singer and Songwriter

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Marcus Goldhaber developed a passion for Jazz alongside a 1928 Ivers & Pond upright piano, on which his mother casually played countless standards after dinner each night. Inspired by his upbringing, along with a clear inheritance of the musical gene, Marcus graduated later with a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia. He then moved to New York City and worked as an Actor, but eventually returned to his roots of singing the standards of Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh and many others.

Today, Marcus is known in the music world for his intimate approach to straight-ahead Jazz. In the past three years, he has performed at several top NYC venues, including: The Kitano, The Metropolitan Room, Iridium, The Cutting Room, The Friars Club, The Makor/Steinhardt Center, The Carnegie Club, Lenox Lounge and The Ritz Carlton. He has also performed concerts at NYC’s Worldwide Plaza, The AOL Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, and maintained residencies at both The Benjamin Hotel and The Downstairs Room at Penang, with a new Thursday night residency starting up at The Night Hotel in April, 2009.

His debut CD, “The Moment After,” (2006) was released on his independent label, Fallen Apple Records, and received noteworthy praise from People Magazine, New York Magazine, Jazz Times, Jazz Improv, Hot House Magazine, All About Jazz as well as aggressive international airplay including several featured spots by Jonathan Schwartz (WNYC & XM Radio).

In November (2008), Marcus released his much-anticipated follow-up album, “Take Me Anywhere,” which introduced him for the first time as a songwriter (co-written with pianist, Jon Davis), including 7 original tracks and 10 new arrangements of his favorite jazz standards.

“Take Me Anywhere” was welcomed with glowing reviews from all of the Jazz trades (Jazz Times, Jazz Improv, Midwest Record, Jazz Chicago, Jazz Weekly, eJazzNews, Jazziz Magazine , and the March 2009 issue of All About Jazz) and earned a 4 out of 4 star review in People Magazine, which is a feat for any indie artist, let alone an indie jazz artist! Whom You Know is pleased to name him our latest Mover and Shaker! Peachy Deegan spoke to him recently for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: When did you realize that your music was no longer a mere interest but rather a profession?
Marcus Goldhaber: I was sitting at my desk in the Spring of 2005, looking out the window and I realized that I was the only person that I needed to grant me permission to make music for a living.

Where do you enjoy performing the most and why?
Clubs like Iridium and The Metropolitan Room are fantastic because of their sense of intimacy and superior acoustics.

What are you proudest of in your career thus far?
I have been most proud at moments when people have told me they’ve connected with my music and/or musical style.

What direction do you see your career going in the future?
In a very positive a singer, I am excited to take the band on the road and nurture the music that is continually growing inside me. As a songwriter, I am looking forward to having my music be a part of all kinds of interesting projects (film, tv, dance, etc.).

Would you ever explore a different sound or do you think you will stay consistent with what you have done in jazz/indie? sound is constantly evolving and though we are somewhat rooted in Jazz, many of our more recent original songs have a diverse appeal.

Whom You Know has heard you like the Buffalo Sabres-who are you picking to win the Stanley Cup and why?
Yes, it is true...the odds have been against us since our inception in 1970, despite many close calls. That said, I do believe there is a chance for the Sabres, if they can create a playoff spot over the next 9 games. If not, then based on momentum and team chemistry, my pick is Boston.

Are you a NY Rangers fan?

What upcoming shows do you have in Manhattan?
Thursday evenings at The Night Hotel, beginning April 30th: 6pm & 7:45pm

What is your favorite place to be in NYC?
In Central Park (exact location must remain confidential, sorry).

What is your favorite shop?
That would have to be the Chelsea Market.

What is your favorite drink?

What is your favorite restaurant?
Georgio’s Country Grill

What is your favorite NYC book?
Time and Again by Jack Finney.

What is your favorite thing to do in NYC that you can do nowhere else?
Walk everywhere I need to be.

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here?
Underrated: The bus system. Overrated: The need to always be in a rush.

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
If I had to choose 5 items to eat for the rest of my life, number 4 would be ice cream.

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers?
Email is fine:

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