New York-based vocalist and songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER “rivals the jazz instincts of Chet Baker and John Pizzarelli,” according to JazzTimes, garnering more critical raves for his “wonderfully imaginative” interpretations of straight-ahead jazz standards while earning a reputation among critics and fans for his accessible songwriting. You’ll see Goldhaber performing in New York’s famed clubs like 54 Below, The Blue Note, Iridium, Birdland, Kitano, The Metropolitan Room, Cutting Room, and at prestigious clubs and concert halls from Las Vegas to Miami, having shared stages along the way with the likes of the legendary Les Paul, Billy Stritch, Vince Giordano, and Bono.
Goldhaber’s first three solo albums have established him firmly in the jazz/Cabaret scene, and serve as the core of his latest album, A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening (Fallen Apple/The Orchard), a 12-track collection reintroducing some of Goldhaber’s favorite standards alongside new originals, produced in part by Billy Jay Stein (Linda Eder, “Spider-Man,” “Beautiful” Broadway cast album). Featured by Jonathan Schwartz on WNYC (NPR) and Sirius XM saying “Goldhaber is excellent … [he’s] filled with ideas,” the new album spotlights Goldhaber’s artistic breadth in a career fast evolving from jazz interpreter to wistfully undeniable composer and lyricist of modern standards with an intuition for telling the story, including recordings achieved at NYC’s famed Avatar Studios and featuring band mates Jon Davis (piano and musical director), Martin Wind (bass) and Marcello Pellitteri (drums).
“A lot of these songs have been inspired by moments in my life,” says Goldhaber. “That’s really where the joy lies for me. That’s the real passion that I have. It’s not about simply writing a song or hearing something that swings. It’s really about the connection.”
A Buffalo native, Goldhaber credits his mother with introducing him to the Great American Songbook, and in 2000 he made his way to New York City via musical theater, developing a vast repertoire that includes selections from his current co-starring role in the off-Broadway hit “The Wonderful Wizard of Song,” celebrating the music of the great Harold Arlen (a fellow Buffalo native.)
In addition to entertaining at Manhattan’s top jazz clubs, Goldhaber has appeared before members of the U.N., former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and at the 2014 Super Bowl Celebrity Sweat event with rapper Nelly (!) and Wawa Welcome America!, Philadelphia’s enormous Independence Day celebration — all in support of his patriotic single, “Come Home America” (produced by Ke$ha’s Cliff Goldmacher) — a pop anthem unbound by musical genre and inspired by America’s military heroes, released in 2013 on Veterans Day.