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Photo by John Watson

This weekend, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society back to our stage for two sets. The group has been playing at the Gallery for over eleven years now, helping pave the way for a new generation of distinctive, independent big bands. In a recent articleon contemporary big bands in The New York Times, Argue notes, “It seems like no matter what, the possibilities of writing for big band are so musically irresistible that people keep finding a way to make it work,” much like Secret Society has.

For this performance at the Gallery, Secret Society will perform a mix of old favorites from their records Infernal Machines, Brooklyn Babylon, and Real Enemies, as well as less-frequently heard pieces such as Argue’s Duke Ellington tribute “Tensile Curves” and the New England Conservatory-commissioned “Wingèd Beasts.” The group also welcomes a few first-time co-conspirators to the fold—trumpeters Rachel Therrien and Riley Mulhekar, and trombonist Natalie Cressman.

Before checking out the band at the Gallery this weekend, take a listen to some of the group’s rarer repertoire performed live at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2014, below:

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, January 11, and Saturday, January 12, 2019. The group is led by composer/conductor/ringleader Darcy James Argue, and features Dave Pietro, Rob Wilkerson, Sam Sadigursky, John Ellis, and Carl Maraghi on woodwinds; Seneca Black,David Smith (Jan. 11), Jonathan Powell (Jan. 12), Matt Holman, Rachel Therrien, and Riley Mulherkar on trumpets; Mike Fahie, Ryan Keberle (Jan. 11), Natalie Cressman (Jan. 12), Jacob Garchik, and Jennifer Wharton on trombones; Sebastian Noelle on guitar; Adam Birnbaum on piano; Matt Clohesy on bass; and Jon Wikan on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. each night. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved cabaret seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.