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Darmon Meader

Lecturer of Jazz Studies, Saxophone and Voice

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

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As a member of NYV he has released numerous recordings and has performed and recorded with a variety of artists including Ray Brown, Bobby McFerrin, Don Sebesky, Ivan Lins, Jon Hendricks, Jim Hall, Paquito D’Rivera, the Count Basie Orchestra and the Royal Bopsters. Touring in the U.S. and abroad, he has performed at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Blue Note Jazz Clubs in New York and Japan. In addition to arranging and orchestrating the majority of the NYV songbook, Darmon has arranged music for various artists including Nancy Wilson, the Boston Pops, Ann Hampton Calloway, the Real Group and the Swingles.

In addition to his New York Voices work, Darmon performs regularly as a soloist. In 2023 he released his second solo album titled “Losing My Mind,” which has received much critical acclaim. Darmon is actively involved in music education as a conductor and clinician at both the high school and university level. Many of his vocal jazz and choral works have been published by various publishers, including Carl Fischer Music, Shawnee Press, Hal Leonard, Anchor Music and Alfred Music. In addition to his recent addition to the Purchase faculty, Darmon has been a jazz faculty member at Manhattan School of Music (2009 – 2013) and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (2014 – 2022).