With 2 critically acclaimed CDs and a 3rd on the way, Marcus Goldhaber has quickly become known for his songwriting as well as his intimate approach to straight-ahead Jazz. With a 4-star review, PEOPLE Magazine has said, “Goldhaber will have you giddy one moment and melancholy the next and loving every note.” Jazztimes has labeled Marcus as “Wonderfully imaginative,” while Jazziz says he is “exciting and fresh” and All About Jazz simply proclaims, [Marcus is] “like a plate full of comfort food.”
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Marcus developed a passion for Jazz and the songs of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s alongside a 1928 Ivers & Pond upright piano, on which his mother casually played countless standards. Marcus currently performs in many of the greatest Jazz venues in NYC including: Iridium, The Kitano, The Metropolitan Room, The Cutting Room, Sweet Rhythm, Opia, The Friars Club, The Makor/Steinhardt Center, The Carnegie Club, Lenox Lounge and a guest spot with the legendary Les Paul. He has also performed concerts at NYC’s Worldwide Plaza, The AOL Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle and has maintained longer engagements at both the Benjamin Hotel and The Night Hotel.
On Marcus’ debut CD, “The Moment After,” (Fallen Apple 2006), he teamed up with Jon Davis (piano), Paul Gabrielson (bass) and a tandem of Kyle Struve and Will Terrill on drums. The arrangements were intentionally simple with straight-ahead phrasing to showcase the beauty in these melodies and lyrics. PEOPLE Magazine highlighted Marcus’ “no frills approach” with a 3 star review, while JazzTimes declared Marcus “a solid saloon style balladeer.” This album went on to receive noteworthy press from Jazz Improv, Hot House Magazine, All About Jazz as well as aggressive international airplay including several featured spots by Jonathan Schwartz (WNYC & XM Radio).
In November 2008, Marcus released “Take Me Anywhere” (Fallen Apple), introducing seven original compositions, co-written with Jon Davis. This record quickly became one of the top selling “Crossover Jazz” records on Cdbaby.com (in partnership with Amazon). Once again, Marcus teamed up with Jon Davis on piano, but this time with Martin Wind on bass and Marcello Pellitteri on drums. Guest spots included Lieven Venken on drums for “Look For The Silver Lining” and harmonica virtuoso, Hendrik Meurkens on the title track, “Take Me.” This record introduced Marcus as a songwriter and garnered him a 4 star review from PEOPLE Magazine and high acclaim as New York Magazine’s “Retro Pick.”
"Almost Love" is Marcus’ 3rd record on Fallen Apple and contains 13 original compositions (5 co-written with pianist/MD, Jon Davis). These songs walk through the moments from right before falling in love, the apprehension or anxiety of longing for someone, the all out care-free-swingin’ bliss of being in love, the perplexities of a relationship to the calm rediscovery of a love that has been there all along. This collection identifies Marcus’ style as a songwriter…some tunes jump and swing, some are more melancholy, while some connect with the listener, who is often unsure of the next step. On this album, Marcus had the honor of working with some of his favorite musicians in the world: Jon Davis (piano/MD), Martin Wind (bass) and Marcello Pellitteri (drums), who produced the project as well. There are several guest features: Joel Frahm (tenor/soprano sax), John Hart (acoustic/electric guitar), Erik Friedlander (cello), Joe Magnarelli (trumpet) and singer/songwriter, Lauren Kinhan of the New York Voices, who sings a duet with Marcus on “If I Knew Better.”
Marcus has had the privilege of performing with many fantastic musicians and connecting with audiences all over the world. He is ever grateful for his family’s constant love and support and especially for his late grandparents, who raised his mother with music so that she could do the same for him.