Chicago pianist Alex Murphy will be bringing his trio to Rudy’s Jazz Room for the late show Friday night. Murphy has established himself as one of the finest pianists in the Midwest, and he’s steadily gaining more national attention.

By Ron Wynn

NASHVILLE, TN — Rudy’s Jazz Room is not only featuring many of Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s top jazz artists, they’re also presenting top performers from across the country. Friday nigh’t late performer is Chicago pianist Alex  Murphy. He’s been a performer since childhood, being encouraged by growing up in a family of musicians. He had the opportunity to study under several artists and instructors, first studying at Birch Creek Jazz Camp and then continuing at DePaul University, where his jazz instructors included Ron Perrillo and Dana Hall. 

He has emerged as a major figure on the national scene. He’s previously appeared at the Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, Green Mill, and was featured in a master class at Symphony Center with jazz piano great Bill Charlap. He has been featured in the Chicago Jazz Festival and other area jazz festivals throughout the Midwest. 

Murphy’s appeared and/or collaborated with such greats as  Nicholas Payton, Dave Douglas, Bobby Broom, Joel Frahm, Dezron Douglas, Pharezz Whitted, Mark Colby, Matt Ulery, Dennis Carroll, Roger Ingram, and Joe Grandsden. Murphy and his trio will bring to Rudy’s an inspired blend of jazz standards and originals.

Alex Murphy Trio, Friday at Rudy’s Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street, at 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $10 at the door