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Darmon Meader

Recognized in both the jazz vocal and instrumental worlds, Darmon Meader is a highly respected vocalist, arranger and saxophonist. Darmon has achieved international recognition as the founder, musical director, chief arranger, composer, producer, saxophonist, and vocalist with New York Voices. As a member of New York Voices, he has released numerous recordings on the GRP, RCA/Victor, Concord and MCGJazz labels. In the fall of 2007, New York Voices released their long-awaited MCGJazz release “A Day Like This,” and in January of 2008, Darmon released his much anticipated debut solo CD, And So Am I. Darmon’s solo project is a collection of jazz standards and original works, which reflects his varied interests and skills as a singer, saxophonist, writer and arranger. Although the entire project is steeped in the jazz tradition, the CD includes a wide variety of styles, orchestration approaches and concepts. Darmon’s two most recent projects with NYV are “New York Voices, Live with the WDR Big Band” (2013, Palmetto Records), and “Let It Snow” (2013 Five Cent Records). In addition to Darmon’s vocal and sax performances, both recordings feature his exemplary vocal arrangements, and the Christmas project also features Darmon’s extensive orchestration skills.

In 2015, Darmon joined forces with Amy London, Holli Ross and Dylan Pramuk on the critically acclaimed “Royal Bopsters Project” CD (Motéma), which is a nod to the vocalese tradition. The recording features legendary vocalists Mark Murphy, Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan and Bob Dorough, and includes a number of Darmon’s arrangements. Allen Morrison (Downbeat) wrote: “Extraordinary…The Royal Bopsters Project vividly makes the case for a revival of the art of vocalese.”

With New York Voices, Darmon has collaborated with a variety of artists including Ray Brown, Bernadette Peters, George Benson, Maureen McGovern, Don Sebesky, Nancy Wilson, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jim Hall, Paquito D’Rivera and the Count Basie Orchestra. He has toured internationally, performing at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and Blue Note Jazz Clubs (New York and Japan). In addition to Darmon’s NYV touring and recording commitments, he is increasingly busy as a soloist, sideman, studio musician and composer. In addition, Darmon is actively involved in music education, working as a clinician and guest artist at both the high school and university levels. Darmon is currently an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University, in the Jazz Vocal department. He has been the guest conductor for numerous All-State Jazz Ensembles including New York, California, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois and New Jersey, and has made artist-in-residence appearances at numerous schools, including Northwestern University, University of Louisville, American River College, Humber College and University of Georgia.

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Album Review

Darmon Meader: And So Am I

Read "And So Am I" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

For the past 21 years, Darmon Meader has been best known as part of the multiple-Grammy-winning New York Voices; one of their two male vocalists (the estimable Peter Eldridge being the other), Meader has also been their featured saxophonist and customary arranger. Each Voice has solo interests, but given the group's nearly-continuous touring schedule, independent projects can take years to produce.

This was the case with Meader's first solo release, And So Am I, but it ...

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Resonance Records to Release Swedish Guitarist Andreas OBerg's "Six String Evolution" with John Patitucci, Lewis Nash, Dave Kikoski and Darmon Meader

Resonance Records to Release Swedish Guitarist Andreas OBerg's "Six String Evolution" with John Patitucci, Lewis Nash, Dave Kikoski and Darmon Meader

Source: DL Media

Resonance Records To Release Swedish Guitarist Andreas Oberg's Six String Evolution Oberg's Sophomore Release For The Label Features An All-Star Lineup Of John Patitucci, Lewis Nash, Dave Kikoski & Darmon Meader

Andreas Oberg is quickly becoming one of the most admired jazz guitar players on the planet, and Six String Evolution, his second CD for Resonance Records, represents yet another remarkable step in his international ascendance.

Don Heckman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, has noted that “berg has mastered ...


Performance / Tour

Judy Niemack-Darmon Meader "Scat-tacular!" Live at Sweet Rhythm, Sept. 1st and 2nd

Judy Niemack-Darmon Meader "Scat-tacular!" Live at Sweet Rhythm, Sept. 1st and 2nd

Source: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services

Come to NYC's Sweet Rhythm to hear the “conference of the scatting birds", a G2 summit of today's top vocal jazz improvisers, backed by a world-class band! They will infuse you with the irrepressible energy of vocal improvisation, presented by two artists who inspire one another. Judy and NY Voices leader Darmon have worked together in Europe, but this is their second appearance in the Big Apple: a rare event, not to be missed! Click on Judy Niemack's official website ...


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Judy Niemack-Darmon Meader "Scat-tacular!" Live at Sweet Rhythm, Tuesday, Sept. 13th

Judy Niemack-Darmon Meader "Scat-tacular!" Live at Sweet Rhythm, Tuesday, Sept. 13th

Source: All About Jazz

August 3, 2005 To: Listings/Critics/Features From: JAZZ PROMO SERVICES Press Contact: JIM EIGO, [email protected] September 13th : “Judy Niemack-Darmon Meader Scat-tacular!" Live at Sweet Rhythm, Tuesday, Sept. 13th SETS 8 PM AND 10 PM COVER $15 $10 FOOD AND DRINK MINIMUM sweet rhythm 88 Seventh Ave So. @ Bleecker Reservations. Tel: (212) 255-3626 “If you want to know what real jazz singing can be (but rarely is), listen to Judy NIEMACK ... She is a musician in the truest sense, ...




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