Born: March 21 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
DARDEN PURCELL is a Washington D.C. based jazz vocalist. A multi-faceted musician, Ms. Purcell is an active featured soloist with big bands and small ensembles, band leader and vocal instructor. Ms. Purcell has collaborated with many of the world's top jazz artists including Jim Pugh, Chip McNeill, Dana Hall, Don Heitler, Glenn Wilson, Chip Stephens, Jeff Helgesen, Joan Hickey, Larry Gray, Dennis Carroll, Stockton Helbing, Joel Spencer, Darmon Meader, Lisanne Lyons, Dave Detwiler, Chris Vadala, Jim Carroll, The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and The Airmen of Note, performing at concert halls and clubs throughout the nation, including the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Pops for Champagne (Chicago), The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), The Blue Wisp (Cincinnati) and The Kennedy Center (back-up vocals for Mr. George Benson). Dr. Purcell is currently the Director of Jazz Studies and Instructor of Jazz Voice at George Mason University. Jazz Voice. ...
Darden's time has come...a remarkable first recording from a singer of incomparable talent and depth...partnered with some of the finest jazz musicians anywhere. In a CD filled with interesting twists and turns and great songs, the treatment of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow alone is worth the price of admission. ~ Trombonist, Jim Pugh
The first thing you’ll notice about Darden Purcell when you listen to her new album Easy Living is the gorgeous timbre of her voice and the precision of her diction and time feel. She’s obviously a top-notch vocalist and her band includes some terrific performers. Saxophonist Chip McNeill is something of a hero among inner circles of jazz musicians and the harmonic substitutions he employs in some of his solos make for interesting listening. Shawn Purcell, while not as well-known to me, is highly skilled and very swinging guitar soloist. While all of the tunes were performed well, the pieces that stood out to my ears were the ballad performances, particularly Alice in Wonderland and You Don’t Know What Love Is. I would recommend the album and I plan on adding it to the queue of new recordings that I feature on my radio program. ~ Peter Solomon, WCVE-FM, Richmond, VA
This new CD by Darden Purcell is the real deal. Her take on familiar standards like Love for Sale and Get Happy is bold and fresh, and she brings an easy, innate sense to swing to every track. She is one jazz singer worthy of the name! ~ Bob Bernotas, host of “Just Jazz” www.wnti.org
I go to L.A. Jazz Institute Fests, I go to Chicago Jazz Fest, and I travel to others around the U.S, and your band and singing topped singers I have heard at these events, in other words to my ears your simply the best I've heard. Top Jazz Vocalist on my list. Please keep on swingin. ~ Harry Condon
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Assistant Jazz Director, Instructor of Jazz Voice George Mason University School of Music - Jazz Studies 4400 University Drive, MS 3E3 Fairfax, VA 22153 www.music.gmu.edu Instructor of Jazz Voice, director of the Mason Jazz Vocal Combo and Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble (Fall 2013).