Brooklyn-based composer-bandleader Darcy James Argue and his 18-piece Secret Society are long-time veterans of The Jazz Gallery. From their debut album Infernal Machines in 2009—produced immediately after the premiere of his Jazz Gallery commission that year—to their most recent release Brooklyn Babylon this year, Darcy and his Society have been credited for their fresh and innovative take on the big band tradition. The New York Times calls it a “wickedly intelligent dispatch from the fading border between orchestral jazz and post-rock and classical minimalism,” and rightfully so: Infernal Machines landed itself on over 100 Best-of-the-Year Lists and earned itself a Grammy Nomination for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” in 2009. As we noted in our first post ever here at Jazz Speaks, Darcy and his Society are no strangers to the Jazz Gallery, and we hope you’ll join us for their return to our stage.
This Thursday, November 7th, composer-conductor-ringleader Darcy James Argue and his Secret Society will perform at The Jazz Gallery. The band features Erica von Kleist, Sharel Cassity, Sam Sadigursky, John Ellis, and Josh Sinton on winds; Seneca Black, Tom Goehring, Jonathan Powell, Nadje Noordhuis, and Mike Rodriguez on trumpets; Mike Fahie, Ryan Keberle, James Hirschfeld, and Jennifer Wharton on trombones; and in the rhythm section, Sebastian Noelle (guitar), Red Wieringa (keyboards), Matt Clohesy (contrabass and electric bass), and Eric Doob (drums and percussion). Sets are at 9:00 and 11:00 p.m., $20 general admission and $10 for members. Purchase tickets here.