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New York Voices: Let It Snow

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New York Voices is unquestionably one of the finest singing ensembles ever assembled and with Let It Snow, lend their quality vocals to the wintery season of cheer delivering a powerful performance of familiar Christmas songs sure to be regarded as a future holiday classic. Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Peter Eldridge and founding member and tenor vocalist Darmon Meader, have been planning this project for some time after adding Christmas tunes to their December concerts many years ago. The music is traditional, the arrangements are new and innovative with much of the vocal arrangements provided by Meader and orchestrations contributed ...

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New York Voices: Keeping the Vocal Jazz Flame Burning

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Kim Nazarian went to college in upstate New York for acting, with dreams of the Broadway stage. Some 25 years later, she's enjoying a career that has taken her to stages around the globe--but as a singer. Not just a singer, but one of four that makes up New York Voices, a group that has won Grammy Awards and performed with many jazz luminaries during its illustrious run.It's not something Nazarian would have imagined at Ithaca College, but she sure has enjoyed the ride. Likewise for another NYV founding member, Darmon Meader, who played saxophone and started out ...

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New York Voices: New York Voices Live with The WDR Big Band Cologne

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The Grammy Award-winning vocal group New York Voices celebrates its 25th anniversary presenting their first full live album with New York Voices Live offering a collection of past favorites and brand new arrangements from the principal arranger-conductor renowned pianist/arranger Michael Abene. A live recording from a May 2008 concert at the Kolner Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany with the world famous WDR Big Band Cologne, this long-awaited release opens the group's 2013 celebratory year with a bang. New to their repertoire are a jazz rendition of the Annie Lennox pop tune “Cold," Darmon Meader's cappella vocal arrangement of the classic Lerner ...

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New York Voices: Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne

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New York Voices celebrates its Silver Anniversary with the release of the jazz vocal quartet's first completely live recording, Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne, recorded at the Kölner Philharmonie in May, 2008. Sharing a jazz ensemble field with Manhattan Transfer and the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has in no way dampened the group's efforts to carve out its place. In fact, New York Voices has done a very effective job, doing so with authority; the group displays a versatility that has been widely remarked upon in jazz literature and is in abundant evidence here.Backing the quartet ...

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New York Voices: A Day Like This

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At first listen, the New York Voices may bring to mind another two-man, two-woman quartet: The Manhattan Transfer. Both groups harmonize beautifully, and their members take turns as lead vocalist. However, the Transfer is known mostly for vocalization--adding lyrics to previously recorded instrumental songs. New York Voices also do that, but the group covers more songs that originally had lyrics, and its members write more original music. Their first solo release since 1997, A Day Like This earned a Grammy nomination, familiar territory for a group that already has a Grammy Award in the bag. New York ...

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Paquito D'Rivera featuring the New York Voices and Claudio Roditi: Brazilian Dreams

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This excellent cd is a recording of a live performance at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh. Fans of the New York Voices will probably already be familiar with the live performance recording at the same venue from several years earlier that featured the Voices along with the Count Basie Orchestra. The collaboration among Cuban reed virtuoso Paquito D'Rivera, the Brazilian master trumpeter Claudio Roditi and the Voices is a match made in heaven. This album is particularly noteworthy because D'Rivera is featured mostly on clarinet. Although not released in the United States, the Voices were featured on Astrud Gilberto's cd ...

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New York Voices: Sing! Sing! Sing!

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A big band made up of working New York musicians accompanies this vocal quartet in its retro look at the swing era. Buoyant lyrics and scat singing color the album with characteristic charm. It's the kind of patriotic, fun-loving feeling that followed The Andrews Sisters during World War II. Darmon Meader's vocal arrangements place the four voices close together. No one sings low; no one sings extremely high. Like Lambert, Hendricks and Ross alongside Count Basie and his orchestra, New York Voices moves in and around the band as if the four contemporary singers were veteran instrumentalists. Formed in 1987, ...

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New York Voices: Sing! Sing! Sing!

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After recording a lively and well-received series of albums on GRP and then RCA Victor, New York Voices now is recording on Concord. Consistent with that label's tradition for straight-ahead jazz and with the New York Voices' animated interpretations of standards--as well as unpredictable projects like the songs of Paul Simon-- Sing! Sing! Sing! merges both parties' interests to offer an album of well-arranged swing tunes in a big band format.The fact that New York Voices member Darmon Meader arranged most of the tunes contributes in no small part to the album's success. As a reed player, Meader ...

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New York Voices: Sing, Sing, Sing

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After their previous album which was dedicated to the songs of Paul Simon, the New York Voices have turned their attention to music from the 1940's (mostly) with some swing, jump and jive and pop tunes of that day. The result is another album done with enthusiasm, tight arrangements and vocal creativity. Started in 1987 by a group of Ithaca College graduates, the membership has been very stable which has contributed to the group's success. The only personnel change was in 1992 when Sara Krieger left and was replaced by Kim Nazarian.

On this their 5th album, they revisit all ...



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