Margaret Murphy-Webb will perform her soulful, smooth jazz stylings at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz Brunch, a benefit event for Humility of Mary Housing. Attendees are in for a treat! Margaret has performed throughout the United States and Europe for over 30 years. Currently, she fronts her own jazz and blues ensemble with her husband, the talented bassist, Chuck Webb. She’s also lead singer with the popular Charlie Johnson Quartet.
Margaret performed for President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. In 2013, Margaret debuted in Paris at the popular Le Baise Sale. Margaret Murphy-Webb was featured for a six month stint at the legendary Pump Room in Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel. She’s opened for jazz pianists Joe Sample and Chick Corea, jazz great Milt Treiner, and the legendary Tower of Power, among others. Margaret’s voice is featured on the soundtrack of the motion picture Pieces of a Dream.
Margaret Murphy-Webb credits the tutelage of renowned tenor saxophonist Von Freeman for helping her develop a unique vocal style. Freeman once claimed that “from the moment she steps onto the stage, she has the audience enraptured.” With him, Margaret performed at both the Chicago Jazz Festival and Taste of Chicago. She also appeared with Grammy award-nominated blues band Mississippi Heat at the Chicago Blues Festival. Now, Margaret’s band is a favorite at the famous Navy Pier Beer Garden Music Stage. A Chicago native, she’s worked across the years in just about every live music room in the metro area.
In 2007, Independent Radio awarded her for “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” on her debut solo album, “In Full Bloom.” Margaret also earned RadioIndy Gold Artist recognition for outstanding vocals on a jazz CD.
Margaret Murphy-Webb, the Person
Sometimes affectionately termed the “JazzCop” among her musical family, Margaret also has over 20 years of experience on the Chicago police force. Her website proudly proclaims her a breast cancer survivor.
A graduate of Chicago State University with a BM in Vocal Performance, Margaret values nurturing and educating aspiring jazz musicians. In 2012, Margaret partnered in the production of the Tuesday Night Jazz Jam Revival. This weekly free venue networks musicians, students and music lovers of the Chicago area. A founder of the new South Side Jazz Coalition, Margaret continues the legacy of Von Freeman whose South Side jam sessions educated musicians for over 35 years.
This 2015 New Orleans Jazz Brunch performance is a return trip to the Quad Cities for Margaret Murphy-Webb, who performed at the 2014 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Enjoy a sampling from her performance at that event in this video segment:
The 2015 New Orleans Jazz Brunch is delighted to bring Margaret Murphy-Webb back to the Quad Cities. Be prepared for a powerful performance. Tickets, which include the Margaret Murphy-Webb Quartet performance, a complete brunch and a complementary champagne or mimosa, are $75 and are available at the Humility of Mary Housing office.