Margaret Murphy-Webb is the executive director and one of the founders of the South Side Jazz Coalition. She is a graduate of Chicago State University with a B.M. in Music Performance. A twenty-two year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, Margaret has used her musical talent to serve at-risk teens and the homeless population on the north side of Chicago. One of the first officers trained in Crisis Intervention, Margaret received the National Crisis Intervention Officer of the year award in 2009 for her work in mental health.
As a jazz vocalist, Margaret opened for major recording artists Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Tower of Power and others. She has performed for Presidents Clinton and Obama and various political groups. Her cover of Sade’s “Pearls” won Independent Radios “Grindie Award” for best jazz vocal performance and she is a member of Chicago’s 11 Jazzy Divas. A national and international performer, Margaret hosted and produced “The Jazz Jam Revival” a free Tuesday night jam session, which was a tribute to saxophonist Von Freeman, for over three years at the 50 Yard Line on the south side of Chicago. Margaret was named Chicago’s Jazz Hero of 2018 by the Jazz Journalists of America, for her work in presenting free live jazz programs and for community contributions to the south side. Margaret is the hostess of the 2nd Tuesday Jazz Jam, a free jazz program every 2nd Tuesday of the month sponsored by the Jazz Foundation of America.