Brooklyn-based composer-bandleader Darcy James Argue and his innovative 18-piece bigband Secret Society will appear on March 14th and 15th at The Jazz Gallery in midtown Manhattan, performing two sets each night. The group will showcase newly composed and unrecorded works alongside selections from their critically acclaimed 2013 album Brooklyn Babylon and their 2009 debut Infernal Machines, including music originally commissioned by The Jazz Gallery.
Brooklyn Babylon was recently nominated for a Canadian JUNO Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. The album was previously nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble in the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and was included in NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2013, iTunes Music's Best Jazz Albums of 2013, and WNYC Soundcheck's 2013 Gift Guide. It was named the Best Album of 2013 by The New Republic, Best Jazz Album of 2013 by Lucid Culture, and acclaimed as “one of the best big-band recordings in decades” by The Province's Stuart Derdeyn. The New York Times's Nate Chinen also hails the recording as being “monumentally ambitious... this album looms with sturdy intent... vital and absorbing."
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society at The Jazz Gallery Thursday, November 14th & 15th, 2014
Sets at 9PM & 11PM
Tickets: $20 general ($10 for members)