Darden Purcell

Darden Purcell is one of the most sought after jazz vocalists in the Central Illinois region. A multifaceted musician, Ms. Purcell is an active featured soloist with big bands and small ensembles, band leader and vocal instructor.

Upon college graduation, Ms. Purcell was selected for the United States Air Force Band, based in Washington D.C. where she was a featured vocalist in the pop group High Flight and jazz big band The Airmen of Note. She performed nationally, as well as internationally (Bahrain, Germany, Italy, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Oman and Qatar). In addition to being a featured soloist, Purcell performed back-up vocals for nationally renowned recording artists, Chaka Khan, Bryan White, Janie Frickie, Freda Payne, Sherrie Payne, Gloria Loring, Melba Moore and Rita Coolidge as well as a performance behind Darlene Love on “The CBS Late Show with David Letterman.” Ms. Purcell currently resides in Champaign, Illinois where she is completing her Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She continues to perform locally and regionally, including jazz clubs in Chicago (Pops for Champagne), Indianapolis (The Jazz Kitchen) and Cincinnati (The Blue Wisp).

Purcell released her debut CD Easy Living, November, 2009 on Dallas based record label, Armored Records. Easy Living has received national airplay and continues to be a top seller on CDBaby.com in the “Jazz Vocals” and “Vocalese” categories and in September 2010, was chosen by CDBaby.comas the “Jazz Vocal Pick” of the month!