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. 2016 MAC Award nominee ("Best Song") and 2016 Hot House Award ("Best Male Vocalist"), 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.
Marcus is also the host of the widely popular and now long-running intimate vocal/guitar series, "Mostly Marcus" up at Symphony Space's Bar Thalia in NYC. Through this series, he has paired his vocals alongside many of todays greatest Jazz vocalists, such as Bria Skonberg, Gabrielle Stravelli, Hilary Gardner, Tessa Souter, Kendra Shank and Melissa Stylianou.
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 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), The Wawa "Welcome America" Independence Day music festival and as part of the 2015 Veterans Day Parade in NYC — all in support of his collection of new patriotic songs anchored by the title track, “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. The mission of this project is to #bridgethegap between civilians and military families. More info at: comehomeamericatour.com.