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Gigs, Gigs, and More Gigs

I am fortunate to be an award-winning musician and author. When performing as a 4-piece band, the unit consists of educators, Curt Bushaw on bass and Mike Middleton on trumpet and keys. On the skins we incorporate El Paso's most sought-after drummer Albert Vallejo. I am so proud and lucky to have these outstanding musicians by my side.  

I am originally from Syracuse, NY, (actually Auburn. NY) I now reside in El Paso, TX. I am the founder of both the New York State Blues Festival (Syracuse, NY - festival director from 1992-2004, and 2014), and the Syracuse Irish Festival (1998-2003). For my efforts I was presented with the Keeping the Blues Alive award by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN. I am also the recipient of two SAMMYs (Syracuse Area Music Awards), one for the NYS Blues Festival under my direction and one for my 4-CD box set, A History of Blues. I am also the recipient of  the Service to the Arts award from the Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse and Onondaga County.

My repertoire consists of blues, jazz, Spanish-flavored instrumentals, country, and Americana. My latest CDs, Blues Salad: The Avocado Sessions Part One, includes select songs from the award-winning box set A History of Blues, and Diddle, a collection of original jazz instrumentals. AKA Austin Jimmy Murphy performed nearly 80 dates in 2022 in El Paso, New Mexico, and New York, including the Las Cruces Summer Concert Series and the Southern New Mexico State Fair and several dates at NM Vintage Wines, the Don Felix Café, La Vina Winery, Zin Valle Winery, Public House 28 Brewery, New York State Winter Fair, the famous Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Armory Square, Hanover Square, and many more locations. You can watch a live video of me busking in front of the Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso by clicking the video link on this page.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone..


Diddle review by Kyle Simpler

"Diddle works on several levels. It is a well-crafted jazz album which showcases Murphy's versatility and talents as both a player and composer, and it includes excellent performances from all the players involved. This is definitely a serious jazz album, but Murphy also wants people to have fun listening to it." Diddle consists of eight original instrumental compositions. It is a continuation of the 2920 Sessions recorded at El Pequeño Rancho in El Paso, TX.

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