Murray

 

Murray Middleman grew up in a musical family, exposed to the dynamic rhythms of swing and big band through his father's professional dance band in Philadelphia. At the tender age of 10, he was sitting in and playing with the band, and he was hooked! Murray has studied classical clarinet and saxophone since childhood. He learned jazz theory and improvisation with Jimmy Amadee, Woody Herman's composer and Vince Trombetta, saxophonist with The Mike Douglas Show. He also studied classical clarinet with Donald Montanaro, clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. By 14, Murray had organized his own jazz group, performing his original jazz compositions on PBS television.

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From jazz-Legend Drummer extroidinare Buddy Rich ,after performing with TenorSaxophonist Murray Middleman at Storyville , New York City “Murray is a First-Rate -Man ! New York Daily News ............................................................................................................ The Philadelphia Inquier....Review of Murray Middleman's concert at the Main Point ` featuring athe Airfury Band ,withTom Lawton on piano. ”Purely from a straight-ahead Jazz standpoint, leader Middleman and pianist lawton stand out immediately as the soloing “heavies”;their spontaneous inspirations proved highly captivating abd contained a sophistacated array of linear forays, harmonic piquancies and rhythmic variation ............................................................................................................ From Count Basie Trombonist Al Grey said..”Murray is one Swinggin Cat !International Musician ........................................................................................................... Shirley Scott Jazz-Organ said “ Murray Middleman is truly a Jazz heavyweight “!Down Beat ...........................................................................................................

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