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

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

It's Compromise, don't Bother

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.


As his 2008 Athens concerts made clear, even as an old man Mark Murphy was a formidable performer of vocal jazz. Never comfortable with the compromises made by more commercially successful singers, and celebrating the hipster ethos he had learned from Jack Kerouac, he carved out his own musical path. He mastered the jazz repertoire, its styles and techniques, even as he pushed its boundaries, and profoundly influenced several generations of jazz singers, many of whom became more famous than their mentor.

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Jones, Peter. It's Compromise, don't Bother. This is Hip - The Life of Mark Murphy. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. ix-xiii Mar 2018. ISBN 9781781794739. Date accessed: 25 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34053. Mar 2018

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