Irving "Marky" Markowitz

Irvin "Marky" Markowitz (aka Irwin Markowitz, Irving Markowitz; December 11, 1923 - November 18, 1986) was an American jazz trumpeter.

Born the youngest of seven children of Russian-Jewish immigrants who disembarked in Baltimore, and settled on 4 1/2 Street, Southwest, in Washington, D.C., Markowitz learned the trumpet at the local Police Boys' Club. He played early in his career in a number of big bands, including those of Charlie Spivak (1941–42), Jimmy Dorsey, Boyd Raeburn, and Woody Herman (1946). He played in Buddy Rich's orchestra in 1946-47, then returned to service under Herman in 1947-48. Moving his family from Washington, D.C. to New York in 1958, and eventually settling in Nyack, he worked primarily as a studio musician in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Some live appearances included work with Herman, Gene Krupa (1958), Lee Konitz (1959), Ralph Burns, George Russell, Al Cohn (1962), Paul Desmond (1969), and Bill Evans (1974). Marky was a "first call" trumpeter for many top artists of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, the Young Rascals, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick, Maynard Ferguson, George Segal, and many others, as well as hundreds of advertising "jingles", TV ads and movie scores. He was a perennial on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy, and known for a "sweet" tone on the trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a better-than-average vocal impression of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, which was featured on a 1970s TV commercial for Hecker's Flour. In January 1985, just the year before his death at age 62, Marky returned to his hometown of Washington, D.C. to perform with an All-Star band, led by famed composer/arranger Nelson Riddle, at the Inaugural Ball for President Ronald Reagan's 2nd term. He led only one recording session, for Harry Lim's Famous Door label in 1976.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 11, 1923 (Washington, D.C.), Died November 11, 1986

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1943 - 1967

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 64 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 71693 10-in. 1/19/1944 I'm in love with someone Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71694 10-in. 1/19/1944 Holiday for strings-1 Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71695 10-in. 1/19/1944 Two again Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85073 8/21/1953 Sherif Crane of Jackpot county-1 Joe Timber Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85074 8/21/1953 I've got you under my skin-3 Joe Timber Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85075 8/21/1953 The song is you-3 Joe Timber Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85076 8/21/1953 Light green-4 Joe Timber Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85077 8/21/1953 Playground-4 Joe Timber Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85078 8/21/1953 One for Kenny-2 Joe Timber Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85079 8/21/1953 Flamingo-2 Joe Timber Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85080 8/21/1953 Pill box-4 Joe Timber Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85081 8/21/1953 Medley-2: ; Something to remember you by ; Takin' a chance on love ; Blue room Joe Timber Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85082 8/21/1953 The tiger-5 Joe Timber Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85083 8/21/1953 Moonlight in Vermont-1 Joe Timber Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85084 8/21/1953 Willis-4 Joe Timber Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105400 8/4/1958 Mister Meadowlark Carmen McRae instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105401 8/4/1958 Skylark Carmen McRae instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105402 8/4/1958 Bye bye blackbird Carmen McRae instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105403 8/4/1958 Flamingo Carmen McRae instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105404 8/4/1958 A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square Carmen McRae instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105405 8/4/1958 When the swallows come back to Capistrano Carmen McRae instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105406 8/6/1958 His eye is on the sparrow Carmen McRae instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105407 8/6/1958 The eagle and me Carmen McRae instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105408 8/6/1958 When the red, red robbin comes bob, bob, bobbin' along Carmen McRae instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 105409 8/6/1958 Georgia Rose Carmen McRae instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 1-25 of 64 records)

Citation

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