Grammy Award winners are known for excellence in jazz and the art of group singing
BALTIMORE – Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society (BCJS) will present its inaugural vocal ensemble performance as part of its 30th-anniversary celebration. Grammy Award winners, New York Voices (NYV) will take the stage, Sunday, June 12, at 5 p.m., at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Renowned for its excellence in jazz and the art of group singing, NYV was formed in 1987 and comprises the following artists: Peter Eldridge, Darmon Meader, Kim Nazarian, and Lauren Kinhan. Following the likes of Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, Singers Unlimited, Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, they have learned from the best and taken the art form to new levels. While rooted in jazz, they often bring Brazilian, R&B, classical and pop influences.
Besides 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 musical settings. You can find their performances on such CDs as their Grammy award-winning collaboration, Count Basie Orchestra with New York Voices, Live at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG Records), the contemporary classical The Ancient Tower (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), Irving Berlin’s Louisiana Purchase (DRG), and many more.
NYV has performed with many influential jazz artists including Ray Brown, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson and George Benson. In addition to appearing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note (Japan, NYC), the Vienna Opera House, the Zurich Opera House, the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz and Blues Heritage Festival, they have worked closely with the Boston Pops, developing holiday and baby boomer-themed programs.
Along with their extensive concert performances and recording dates, NYV gives workshops and clinics to high school and college music students. Their New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp attracts people from all walks of life, all ages and all over the world. Plus, each NYV member is involved in a variety of projects including solo performances and recordings, teaching, writing, and arranging.
“New York Voices is one of the premier vocal jazz groups that has received rave notices and global recognition throughout the jazz world,” said BCJS Chair & President J. William (Bill) Murray. “We are thrilled to bring them to Baltimore to round out our Spring 2022 concert series.”