2013 marked New York Voices 25th Anniversary and they show no signs of slowing down. This critically acclaimed vocal group has refined their musical story to a high art. They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting, be it orchestral/big band to the intimate trio lineup. With deep interests rooted in jazz, Brazilian, R & B, classical, and pop, their music mixes traditional sensibilities with more than a dash of the unexpected. They are first call from great arrangers and conductors like Don Sebesky, Michael Abene, Keith Lockhart, and Rob Fisher who all know and admire the complexity of what they do and want something out of the ordinary, something extraordinary. Like the great jazz vocal groups that have come before — Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, and The Manhattan Transfer — they are firmly a part of that legacy and are dedicated to passing it on to generations to come.
The celebratory year opens with the release of New York Voices Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne on Palmetto Records. This project is a collection of past favorites, current in-rotation tunes, and brand new arrangements. The big band charts were all written by the incomparable Michael Abene, the producer of their 1989 debut CD on GRP. The WDR — the critically acclaimed big band based in Cologne, Germany — pairs perfectly with NYV’s musicality and might. They closed 2013 with the much-anticipated and ravely reviewed Holiday project, Let it Snow. The recording is chock full of holiday favorites and a few lesser known gems presented in a wide variety of settings; a cappella, big band, orchestral and trio. Darmon Meader co produced it with the great Elliot Scheiner (also the producer of NYV’s studio big band CD, Sing, Sing, Sing). Jazz Times’ Scott Albin wrote, “Let it Snow is one of the best jazz-related Christmas CDs in many a year.”