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Brooklyn-based composer-bandleader Darcy James Argue, a five-time winner in the DownBeat Critics Poll, is credited with “making the big band cool again” (Time Out New York) and “reinventing the jazz big band for the 21st century” (John L. Walters, The Guardian). Active in New York with his 18-piece ensemble Secret Society since 2005, the Vancouver native first gained international recognition with his widely acclaimed New Amsterdam debut, Infernal Machines (2009), which appeared on over 100 best-of-the-year lists, earned a GRAMMY nomination and quickly made him one of the most talked about musicians in jazz.

In addition to appearances at venues ranging from jazz and rock clubs to such prestigious theaters as the Bimhuis, Merkin Concert Hall and The Kennedy Center, the group has also performed at Canada’s Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver Jazz Festivals, the Ecstatic Music Festival, the London Jazz Festival, the Moers Festival, Winter Jazzfest and the Newport Jazz Festival, and recently made its South American debut at the BMW Jazz Festival in Brazil. Argue premiered his latest project, Brooklyn Babylon, an innovative multimedia collaboration with graphic artist Danijel Zezelj, over the course of four nights at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in 2011, and recorded the music in June for a Spring 2013 release.

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photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

photo by Lindsay Beyerstein