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Darden Purcell

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DARDEN PURCELL is a Washington D.C. based jazz vocalist. A multi-faceted musician, Ms. Purcell is an active featured soloist with symphony orchestras, big bands and small ensembles, band leader and vocal instructor. Ms. Purcell has shared the stage with many of the world's top jazz artists including Eric Alexander, Terell Stafford, Jim Pugh, Chip McNeill, Chuchito Valdes, Dana Hall, Alan Baylock, Don Heitler, Glenn Wilson, Chip Stephens, Stockton Helbing, Joel Spencer, Darmon Meader, Jeff Helgesen, Jim Carroll, Charlie Young, Chris Vadala, Kenny Rittenhouse, Shawn Purcell, Steve Fidyk, Matt Niess, Dave Detwiler, Joe McCarthy, Wade Beach, Harold Summey, Tom Williams, The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, the Navy Commodores, the Airmen of Note and the American Festival Pops Orchestra (Tony Maiello) performing at concert halls and clubs throughout the nation, including Blues Alley (Washington DC), Pops for Champagne (Chicago), The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), The Blue Wisp (Cincinnati), Sandler Center (back-up vocals for Ben Folds) Meyerhoff Center (BSO with Ben Folds), Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts (NSO with Ben Folds) and The Kennedy Center (back-up vocals for Mr

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Shawn Purcell: Symmetricity

Read "Symmetricity" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Guitarist Shawn Purcell has enjoyed a busy career with 15 years as a member of the military Big Bands in Washington DC. From 1996-2004, he was the guitarist in the US Air Force premier jazz ensemble, The Airmen of Note. During his time with “The Note," Purcell performed throughout the world, including England, Germany, Turkey, Luxembourg, ...

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Easy Living

Label: Armored Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: What a Little Moonlight Can Do; Comes Love; Alice in Wonderland; Love for Sale; Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow; Your Red Wagon; Last Night When We Were Young; Get Happy; You Don’t know What Love Is; Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead; Easy Living.

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Where the Blue Begins

Label: Armored Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Destination Moon; Moon and Sand; Lullaby of the Leaves; You Stepped Out of a Dream; This Bitter Earth; Old Devil Moon; Darn that Dream; No Moon at All; The Nearness of You; Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams; Weaver of Dreams; Stairway to the Stars.

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Darden Purcell: Easy Living

Read "Easy Living" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Working backwards, I discovered DC-area jazz vocalist and educator Darden Purcell with her second recording, Where the Blue Begins (Armored Records, 2016). It was an impressive recital with the nominal theme of twilight winding through its repertoire. While less thematically focused, Easy Living remains a well programmed set of eleven standards, “My Funny Valentine" thankfully not ...

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Darden Purcell: Where the Blue Begins

Read "Where the Blue Begins" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Dr. Darden Purcell waited eight years to record Where the Blue Begins as a follow up to her debut recording Easy Living (Armored Records, 2009). The Dr. part? Yes, well Dr. Darden is the Director of Jazz Studies, Jazz Voice at George Mason University, and holds a doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz. Her bona fides ...

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Where the Blue Begins

Label: Armored Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Destination Moon; Moon and Sand; Lullaby of the Leaves; You Stepped Out of a Dream; This Bitter Earth; Old Devil Moon; Darn that Dream; No Moon at All; The Nearness of You; Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams; Weaver of Dreams; Stairway to the Stars.

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Washington, D.C. Reclaims its Role as a Jazz Destination

Read "Washington, D.C. Reclaims its Role as a Jazz Destination" reviewed by Jazz Beyond Borders


Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz Oxygen for the Ears is a 2012 award-winning documentary film depicting the vibrancy of the jazz scene in the nation's capital. Made in three years by German-born astrophysicist Stefan Immler, the 94-minute documentary shows the city's key role in the past, present and future of jazz and is gaining attention ...


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