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Jazz vocalist Cheri Murphy, dubbed by Sacramento Bee columnist R.E. Graswich as "Sacramento's legendary saloon singer," is proud of her singing longevity. Cheri began her singing career at 16 years of age, singing with the Clyde Mitchell Big Band, and she made her first recording in 1948 at the age of 18. Her singing career continued throughout her longtime marriage to the late Sacramento premier jazz pianist, Jerry Murphy.
Her CD entitled Quality Time included two arrangements by her husband, Jerry, who passed away just prior to its release in 2003.
Her current CD entitled What is Love? (mostly Manilow) was truly a labor of love for her family, friends, and fans. It reflects her love for sophisticated melodies and poignant lyrics. Relying upon her experience and vast contacts within the jazz community, Cheri continues to sing live performances in the Sacramento area and is gratified by the growing interest of local audiences in live, quality jazz being performed by local artists.
- Vocalist for Jerry Murphy Trio
- Radio show General Electric, age 18
- Recorded John Wolf’s Studio, San Francisco, age 19
- Capitol Inn, 6 nights/week (3 years)
- Gene Nelson’ “Nite” TV show on Channel 10
- Jazz at Alhambra Theater (with Cal Tjader), 1958
- Sacramento Auditorium Boxing Night
- Jack Sutton Family Benefit, Oct.2, 1957
- Candlerock Lounge, 5 nights/week (3 years)
- 72 Live remote radio shows on KCRA
- El Mirador Hotel Sky Room
- Crow’s Nest