This is Hip - The Life of Mark Murphy - Peter Jones

This is Hip - The Life of Mark Murphy - Peter Jones

It's Hot, it's Red Lights, it's Exciting!

This is Hip - The Life of Mark Murphy - Peter Jones

Peter Jones [+-]
Jazz singer and journalist
Peter Jones is a jazz singer and journalist based in London. He read English at St Peter’s College, Oxford, and after a brief sojourn at the University of New Mexico he returned to England and began working as a pop music journalist. After a decade as a film and TV publicist, during which he was the researcher for the autobiography of Spitting Image founder Roger Law, he gained an MA in Film and Television Studies from the University of Westminster. Until 2015 he taught film and media at a variety of London colleges, and published a short book on black cinema (BFI Publishing), followed by a handbook for Media and Film students (Hodder Arnold). For several years he played bass in a jazz sextet, before deciding to concentrate on singing. At around the time of his first album (‘One Way Ticket to Palookaville’ - 2013) he developed a serious interest in the work of Mark Murphy, which has continued ever since. He began working for London Jazz News, reviewing concerts and CDs, and conducting interviews, including one with Kurt Elling in 2015. His second album (‘Utopia’) was released in 2016.


In the mid-Eighties a jazz dance craze swept the UK, as DJs like Gilles Peterson went looking for the original bebop and Latin sources of samples used in hip-hop. Mark Murphy tracks like Milestones quickly became dancefloor favourites, and Murphy himself became a major live attraction for this younger audience. Meanwhile he continued to record for both Muse and the Milestone label.

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Jones, Peter. It's Hot, it's Red Lights, it's Exciting!. This is Hip - The Life of Mark Murphy. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 91-102 Mar 2018. ISBN 9781781794739. Date accessed: 06 Dec 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30120. Mar 2018

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