During the mid-1970’s the New York City jazz scene was divided between the Be-Bop and Fusion and musician David Murray arrived and changed the music scene drastically. The Berkeley, California native took his love for playing and was one of the musical pioneers of the “Loft-Jazz” movement where he and other musicians rented out empty office and living space and invited people to hear them play. Murray always fused elements of modern jazz with avant-garde and big band whether in his compositions or the many music ensembles he’s formed or performed throughout his career.
The Grammy-Award Nominee is a Guggenheim Fellowship awardee and was named musician of the 1980’s by the Village Voice. David is the founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet that featured the late Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, and Hamiet Bluiett.
His latest disc “David Murray Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole” is a tribute to the legend who recorded two Latin based recordings during his short career.
Look out for David’s latest project “Tongues on Fire” a documentary based on the artwork and public information officer of the Black Panther Party Emory Douglas. The documentary is directed by Doctor L and is produced by 3D Family.To see a preview of “Tongues on Fire” click on wn.com/Tongues_on_Fire.
David is currently on tour promoting his latest disc “David Murray Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole en Espanol.” For upcoming tour dates or to order his disc visit him on the web at myspace.com/davidmurraymusic.
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