Swing into Spring

Concert Information

Lincoln Center/The Appel Room
May 16, 2016
7:30 PM

Ticket Info

Jazz.org or (212) 721-6500

Swing into Spring

In Matt Holman’s final concert as director of the NYYS Jazz, we feature springtime selections from Duke Ellington, Les Brown, Count Basie, and others.

Matt Holman, director

New York Voicesvocal ensemble

Guest Artist

New York Voices

2013 marked New York Voices 25th Anniversary and they show no signs of slowing down.  This critically acclaimed vocal group has refined their musical story to a high art.  They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend.  Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting, be it orchestral or big band to the intimate trio lineup.  With deep interests rooted in jazz, Brazilian, R & B, classical, and pop, their music mixes traditional sensibilities with more than a dash of the unexpected.  They are first call from great arrangers and conductors like Don Sebesky, Michael Abene, Keith Lockhart, and Rob Fisher who all know and admire the complexity of what they do and want something out of the ordinary, something extraordinary.  Like the great jazz vocal groups that have come before — Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, and The Manhattan Transfer — they are firmly a part of that legacy and are dedicated to passing it on to generations to come. 

Formed by Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian, Caprice Fox, and Sara Krieger, New York Voices had their first performances in 1988.  Darmon, Peter, Kim, and Caprice attended Ithaca College in NY and were part of an invitational alumni group formed to tour the European Jazz Festival circuit in the summer of ’86.  In 1989 they would sign their first record deal with GRP Records and release their self titled debut album, New York Voices.  The group received rave notices and quickly received domestic and international recognition in the jazz world. From ’89 to ’94, they released four CDs on the GRP label, New York VoicesHearts of FireWhat’s Inside, and Collection.

2007 marked the release of their seventh studio CD, A Day Like This. They went back to their roots of mixing things up; Brazilian influences, swinging trio numbers and a couple big band romps.  They also included a handful of original songs from the members, which has always been a strong suit for this multi-talented ensemble.  All About Jazz LA said, “a sumptuous collection of vocal harmonic heaven… the vocals are a Whitman’s Sampler of various flavors and tastes, richer than a dark chocolate bon bon.”

Individually, the four members are involved in a variety of projects including solo performances and recordings, teaching, writing and arranging.