New York Voices Biography

During the summer of 1986 several former students at Ithaca College, New York, began performing together. Initially, there were six singers and seven instrumentalists and they appeared successfully in the USA and also at a number of European venues, including the Montreux International Jazz and the North Sea festivals. The following year, four of the singers, Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian and Caprice Fox, met up with another singer, Sara Krieger, in New York and decided to form New York Voices. After intensive preparation, their first concert was at New York’s Town Hall early in 1988 and they swiftly developed a local following. A year later, signed to GRP Records, they consolidated their popularity on the east coast and also widened their appeal through national and international touring. In 1992 Krieger left the group and after extensive auditioning was replaced by Lauren Kinhan. When, in early 1994, Fox left it was decided not to replace her but instead to reformat as a quartet.

A hiatus in recording had followed the release of their third album, although the group did appear as guests on recording sessions as well as live dates by other artists, including Ray Brown, Joshua Redman, the Count Basie Orchestra, Jim Hall and George Benson. A 1997 contract with RCA - Victor Records brought the group back into the studios in their own right, although throughout the 90s they had remained very busy with concert performances, clinics and workshops. In addition to their collective performances, the four members of the group, Meader, Eldridge, Nazarian and Kinhan, also perform as singles and all compose, arrange and teach. Drawing their repertoire and stylistic references primarily from jazz, New York Voices also reflects the worlds of pop, R&B, classical and world music with considerable flair and musical sophistication.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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