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Charles Darden Jazz Ensemble to perform Friday

Abingdon Episcopal Church on Route 17 at White Marsh in Gloucester County will host Charles Darden, vocalist, and his jazz ensemble in the third concert this season in the Arts at Abingdon Series. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 22, at the church. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be taken.
imageDarden continues to perform music from the “Great American Songbook.” This traditional pop/jazz singer performs this music with respect and care while still allowing his love of jazz to season his style. Darden has the ability to swing with the finest jazz players as well as deliver the perfect emotion to a slow, beautiful ballad. Along with Frank Sinatra, Darden has been greatly influenced by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis Jr., Johnny Hartman, Louis Prima, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Harry Connick Jr., Joe Williams and Wynton Marsalis.

Notable professional appearance highlights include performing at President George W. Bush’s first Inaugural Ball at the Ronald Reagan Center in Washington, D.C. Darden has put on shows in the Hampton Roads area at the Peninsula Community Theater, the American Theater, the Kimball in Williamsburg, and Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium at Thomas Nelson. The Charles Darden Jazz Ensemble has performed at resorts such as The Greenbrier, Fords Colony and Hilton Head, S.C., as well as countless clubs and outdoor festivals.

The Charles Darden Jazz Ensemble for the Arts at Abingdon concert includes Harris Simon playing piano, Jason Jenkins on bass, Keith Willingham on drums, and Duane Smith on trumpet.

Upcoming concerts in the 2009-10 Arts at Abingdon concert season are the Modigliani String Quartet (from Paris) on February 14, the Ensemble Amarcord (vocal quintet from Germany) on March 19, and the Virginia Symphony Brass Quintet on April 25.

Seating is limited so please arrive early. For further information, call the Abingdon Church Parish Office at 693-3035.

posted 01.18.2010

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