Presently serving as the Director of Jazz Studies, Jazz Voice Instructor, and leader of the award-winning Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble at George Mason University, Darden Purcell (DMA 2012; MM 2009) was recently released her third album, Love’s Got Me in a Lazy Mood on Origin/OA2 records, receiving outstanding reviews and nationwide airplay.
Drawing inspiration from Nancy Wilson and George Shearing’s “The Swingin’s Mutual,” Dr. Purcell and her co-producer, arranger, guitarist, and husband Shawn crafted a modern take on that quintessential 1960s sound. The album can now be purchased at OA2 Records and streamed on all your favorite platforms.
Dr. Purcell earned a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also served as faculty for Illinois Summer Youth Music. As a Washington D.C.-based jazz vocalist, she has performed with top jazz artists and ensembles at prestigious venues nationally and internationally, including The Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, and The Jazz Kitchen. She has also been invited to present and perform at various conferences and festivals, including the New York Voices Jazz Festival, Jazz Education Network conference, Jazz Voices conference in Graz, Austria and Projeto GURI in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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