Darcy James Argue

A rising bandleader on the New York jazz scene, Darcy James Argue directs Secret Society, a dynamic 18-piece band featuring his original works. The group includes fiery soloists like trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, saxophonist Erica vonKleist, and trombonist Ryan Keberle. Secret Society is a cutting-edge group, in the lineage of the Maria Schneider Orchestra and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, but also evoking the cinematic sweep of indie bands like Tortoise and TV On The Radio, and the rogue spirit of DIY new music groups like Anti-Social Music. Secret Society have performed at a variety of NYC venues including The Jazz Gallery, Makor, Union Hall, Flux Factory, Bowery Poetry Club, and the late CBGB.

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“Infernal Machines stands defiant, updating the big band tradition for the new millennium while presenting exciting possibilities for the future.” —Troy Collins, All About Jazz

“A big, broad musical vocabulary came together easily, without jump-cutting or wrenching shifts of style. Mr. Argue made all these elements belong together naturally.”

—Ben Ratliff, New York Times

“Clearly some of the most ambitious and compelling sounds I've ever encountered in the past 40 years.”

—Juan Rodriguez, Montreal Gazette

“The music was full of large-scale, intricate designs [...] built on some of the best lessons of Charles Mingus and Bob Brookmeyer, not only in harmony and structure but also in momentum, in moving a piece forward

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Brooklyn, NY


Composition, arranging, orchestration, theory, songwriting, ear training, music notation software (Finale & Sibelius)

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Composition, arranging, orchestration, music notation software (Finale & Sibelius)

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