All Star Big Band with Wally Siebel and guest Darmon Meader set for Thursday in Norwood
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 8:50 am

NORWOOD -- The Norwood Village Green Concert Series presents The All Star Big Band under the direction of Wally Siebel with Darmon Meader, guest artist on Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m.

Recognized in both the jazz vocal and instrumental worlds, Darmon Meader is a highly respected vocalist, arranger and saxophonist. He has achieved international recognition as the founder, musical director, chief arranger, composer, producer, saxophonist, and vocalist with New York Voices.

As a member of New York Voices, he has released numerous recordings on the GRP, RCA/Victor, Concord and MCG Jazz labels.

In the fall of 2007, New York Voices released their long-awaited MCGJazz release “A Day Like This,” and in January of 2008, Darmon released his much anticipated debut solo CD, And So Am I. Darmon’s solo project is a collection of jazz standards and original works, which reflects his varied interests and skills as a singer, saxophonist, writer and arranger.

Although the entire project is steeped in the jazz tradition, the CD includes a wide variety of styles, orchestration approaches and concepts. Darmon’s two most recent projects with NYV are “New York Voices, Live with the WDR Big Band” (2013, Palmetto Records), and “Let It Snow” (2013 Five Cent Records). In addition to Darmon’s vocal and sax performances, both recordings feature his exemplary vocal arrangements, and the Christmas project also features Darmon’s extensive orchestration skills.

In 2015, Darmon joined forces with Amy London, Holli Ross and Dylan Pramuk on the critically acclaimed “Royal Bopsters Project” CD (Motéma), which is a nod to the vocalese tradition. The recording features legendary vocalists Mark Murphy, Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan and Bob Dorough, and includes a number of Darmon’s arrangements. Allen Morrison (Downbeat) wrote: “Extraordinary…The Royal Bopsters Project vividly makes the case for a revival of the art of vocalese.”

In addition to the concert in Norwood, Darmon Meader will conduct 2 workshops for Crane Youth Music campers and the entire concert will be performed for all CYM campers the next evening.

Youth programming is supported in part by National Grid, in this case it is the series partnership with CYM.

Admission is free but there is a “pass the bucket”. Its primary support is from many organizations, foundations, businesses and individuals.

The series continues to take donations by check. They can be mailed to: Norwood Village Green Concert Series, 3 Bicknell Street, Norwood 13668. All contributions are tax deductible. Donations are encouraged and needed.