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portrait of Margaret Murphy Webb

Margaret Murphy Webb

Margaret Murphy-Webb


Margaret Murphy-Webb is a musician and community activist. A graduate of Chicago State University with a degree in music performance, this award-winning vocalist has been showcasing her talent nationally and internationally for over thirty years. Margaret has toured the Caribbean, Germany, and France, and has performed for presidents Obama and Clinton. Her quartet has been featured at countless jazz venues and festivals including the Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Winona Lake Jazz Festival, and Mississippi Jazz Festival. In 2015, upon retirement from the Chicago Police Department, Margaret saw the absence of free live music events on the city’s South Side and founded the South Side Jazz Coalition. In 2018, Margaret was named Chicago’s Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists of America for her work as director of the South Side Jazz Coalition. She has received awards from Global Girls, Inc., the South Shore Drill Team, and Nami Greater Chicago. Margaret was co-chair of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Year of Chicago Music 2020/2021 initiative and is a member of the City of Chicago Cultural Council.