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Darden Purcell

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.

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”Once in awhile you hear a jazz singer whose voice is so unique and intimately communicative, that it simply reaches out and makes you stop and listen. Darden has one of those voices. Her style is understated and yet extremely expressive with an unerring sense of pitch, swing feel and phrasing. In her first release, Darden demonstrates a sense of balance, restraint, honesty and thoughtful musicality that is usually reserved for the experienced veterans. Look out for this young lady, a formidable voice has emerged onto the scene.” ~ Jazz vocalist, Dr. Lisanne Lyons

“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

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Washington, DC

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 Instructor of Jazz Voice, director of the Mason Jazz Vocal Combo and Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble (Fall 2013).

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