Picture Murray performing with famous musicians
History of Murray Middleman and Park Avenue West Entertainment

Murray Middleman grew up in a musical family, exposed to the dynamic rhythms of swing and big band through his father's professional dance band in Philadelphia. At the tender age of 10, he was sitting in and playing with the band, and he was hooked!

Murray has studied classical clarinet and saxophone since childhood. He learned jazz theory and improvisation with Jimmy Amadee, Woody Herman's composer and Vince Trombetta, saxophonist with The Mike Douglas Show. He also studied classical clarinet with Donald Montanaro, clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. By 14, Murray had organized his own jazz group, performing his original jazz compositions on PBS television.

Pictures of various musical greats Murray had pleasure of working with in the past

After graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Murray freelanced on the east coast. He played with some of the greats of the Philadelphia music scene including Bobby Durham (Oscar Peterson Trio) and famed organist Dr. Shirley Scott. At the invitation of trombonist Al Grey (trombonist with Count Basie's Band), he had the rare pleasure of performing at New York City's Storyville with the legendary Buddy Rich, who tagged Murray "a first rate man."

Murray relocated to Los Angeles in the early '80s, where he established himself as one of the Southland's busiest saxophonists and woodwind artists, performing with many of LA's hottest jazz orchestras, in clubs and recording sessions. He continued to freelance, performing with superstars such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Sammy Davis Jr.

A newspaper article announcing Murray directing chamber groupIn 1985, Murray formed his own full-service music company — Park Avenue West Entertainment. Park Avenue West provides a wide spectrum of outstanding entertainment for society and charity galas, corporate events, concerts, private parties and weddings throughout the United States. As a consummate woodwind artist and bandleader, Murray Middleman has gathered a core group of the most talented and versatile musicians and performers to be part of Park Avenue West. Recently, Murray began working with renowned musicians and entertainers including Milcho Leviev, Desi Arnaz Jr., and Jennifer Leitham, performing classic and contemporary selections from the beloved American Songbook (George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, among many others) and other influential works.

Park Avenue West Entertainment is very excited to introduce to you the new Philaphonic Orchestra: an exciting all-star lineup of exceptional musical talent and professionalism, combines youthful energy and experience. The Philaphonic Orchestra and its members will deliver the perfect musical formula for success at your event! So For the Music That Makes the Moment, call Park Avenue West Entertainment and the Philaphonic Orchestra!

 


Quick Facts

1969
Murray begins performing professionally in Philadelphia.

1977
Murray's fusion jazz/ rock band, Free Flight, performs with John Lennon of the Beatles; Performs with drummer/legend, Buddy Rich & trombonist Al Grey in
New York.

1984
Murray performs for the International Olympic Committee, Los Angeles.

1985
Murray launches
Park Avenue West Entertainment and performs with Bill Cosby and Sammy Davis, Jr.

1990
Performed with the great Frank Sinatra for the Watts Boys Club Fundraiser.

1994
Murray performs a classical flute concert with his pianist for the World Cup Event, Pasadena. Host of Murray’s Music World, on Time Warner productions.

1998
Music director of the Brand Library Chamber Concert Series, Glendale, CA.

2000
Murray releases his swing/jazz CD, "With Love to the Legends,"a salute to the swing/jazz masters.
Music director/performing artist for The Brand Library Chamber Music
Series, Glendale, CA

2002
Murray recorded a second album, "Love Songs for the Galaxy," with internationally-acclaimed musicians.

2003
Jazz performance at the Bangkok International Film Festival and
Corporate event at the National Theater, Taipei, Taiwan. Recorded a second cd “Love Songs for the Galaxy" with internationally–acclimed
musicians.

2006
Performs for the Beijing Olympics Committee, China. Performances for Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Pasadena.

2009
Big band Tour of Mexico, Panama, Columbia, and Caribbean. The Performances for the Temple of the Arts, Beverly Hills, CA.

A picture of Park Avenue West ensemble consisting of different musicians