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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society


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“Darcy James Argue’s big band skillfully realizes the leader’s mature, emotive compositions and thick arrangements.” — Hank Shteamer, Time Out NY

“Darcy James Argue has developed an experimental yet accessible voice as a composer… his gifts are outstanding.” — Bob Brookmeyer

A rising composer on the New York jazz scene, Darcy James Argue directs Secret Society, a dynamic 18-piece band featuring his original works. The group includes fiery players like trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, saxophonist Erica vonKleist, pianist Mike Holober, and drummer Jon Wikan. Secret Society is a forward-looking ensemble, influenced by contemporary big bands like the Maria Schneider Orchestra and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, but also atmospheric indie rock bands like Tortoise and Calexico, and adventurous new music groups like Anti-Social Music and Alarm Will Sound. Secret Society made their New York debut at the CBGB Lounge on May 29, 2005. They perform regularly around New York at venues like the Bowery Poetry Club, Union Hall, and Flux Factory.


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  • oarfly

    Darcy James Argue's got some incredible talent in managing tension, building it up and letting it out it at the best possible moment. Habeas Corpus is a very good example of this I think.

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Mowgli21

    Too brilliant.

    27 Feb 2011 Reply
  • boofasten

    deal with the fact that this is one of the best bands in the united states right now

    11 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Cronopio321

    "Infernal Machines" is one of the best 09 jazz albums

    23 Jan 2010 Reply
  • twisted_finger

    i've never thought that big band could sound like this

    20 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Boardndave

    I first heard, and played (Transit), Darcy's stuff 2 years ago. I'm still deeply fascinated with every aspect of his writing.

    5 Nov 2009 Reply
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  • papparazi205

    I enjoyed them in Moers and think they generate a great new comeback for big bands ..

    7 Aug 2009 Reply
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