New York Voices, who celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2009, is the Grammy Award–winning vocal group renowned for their excellence in the art of group jazz singing. They’ve learned from the best of their predecessors (Lambert Hendricks & Ross, Manhattan Transfer) and taken this singular genre to new heights, infusing their material with pop, R&B, and Brazilian shadings.
The songs of NYV’s most recent CD, A Day Like This (MCG Jazz), range from Laura Nyro’s “Stoned Soul Picnic” to the Great American Songbook classics “Darn That Dream” and “In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” with guest appearances by saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and vibraphonist Dave Samuels. New York Voices, says The Boston Herald, “lives up to its reputation as the most exciting vocal ensemble in current jazz.” Founded in 1987 by Darmon Meader at Ithaca College in NY, New York Voices originally was part of an invitational alumni group formed to tour the European Jazz Festivals in the summer of '86.
As a result of this exciting experience, the idea of forming a professional ensemble was born. In 1989 the singers signed their first record contract with GRP Records and released a self-titled debut album, New York Voices. The ensemble received rave notices and quickly received domestic and international recognition in the Jazz World. NYV has traveled the globe with their elegant music, amazing audiences the world over with their impeccable voices and stunning arrangements. “Live, they’re just as impressive to witness,” says Mathew Lurrie of Time Out Chicago. “We dare say there may be no better way to understand the wit and wink of jazz harmony than via these Voices.”
In addition to their own CDs, NYV has made many guest appearances on recordings and live performances that have earned them critical acclaim and demand in a variety of settings. You can find their performances on such CDs as the Grammy Award winning Count Basie Orchestra with New York Voices, Live at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG Records), the Latin Grammy Award winning Brazilian Dreams with the great Paquito D’Rivera, the contemporary classical Visions Within (Robert Lepley – EarthBeat Records), Heirs to Jobim (BMG Records), Don Sebesky’s, I Remember Bill (BMG), Jim Hall’s By Arrangement (Telarc), A Love Affair – the Music of Ivan Lins (TELARC), Louisiana Purchase (DRG), and many more.
They have had the pleasure of performing with a number of influential jazz artists including Ray Brown, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, The Count Basie Orchestra, George Benson, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, The Manhattan Transfer, the Boston Pops, The Metropole Orchestra, Ivan Lins, Paquito D’Rivera, Bob Dorough and many more.
TUE 3/19 @ 7:30PM – NEW YORK VOICES Where: South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079 Tickets: $25. To purchase, visit SOPACnow.org or call 973.313.ARTS.