Darcy James Argue On WNYC’s Soundcheck Today

September 21, 2009
© 2009 Oliver Heisch/Moers Festival

© 2009 Oliver Heisch/Moers Festival

Today’s episode of the popular music talk show, Soundcheck, will feature a live performance by Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society.

Listeners in the New York area can tune in to WNYC 93.9 FM at 2:00 p.m., while those of us existing outside Metropolis can tune in live online or check in later to hear the segment via streaming audio.

Argue and his acclaimed ensemble headlined opening night of the ongoing New Languages Festival on Thursday and performed two sets at The Jazz Gallery on Friday.

They will next perform as the headliners at SearchandRestore.com’s Brooklyn Big Band Bonanza at The Bell House on October 19th.

Darcy James Argue Fever. Catch it.

May 8, 2009
Photo by Ben Anaman

Photo by Ben Anaman

I’m not a doctor, and I don’t like to throw around words like pandemic, but Darcy James Argue fever is more virulent and contagious than Swine Flu H1N1.  

Common symptoms to watch for include listening to newfangled big band music and aimlessly wandering the streets in an anachronistic-looking tuxedo (with scarf).  

I’m pleased to report, though, that no deaths have been linked to the condition thus far—just a little soreness in my blogging fingers.

If, somehow, you’ve avoided infection by sealing yourself inside your home with duct tape and plastic or a prescription for more cowbell, perhaps we can still coax you out to tonight’s highly anticipated CD release party for Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records) at Galapagos with yet another blast of motivational press coverage.

Today’s batch includes a CD Pick of the Week from WNYC’s Soundcheck, Trevor Hunter’s review at New Music Box and Eric Benson’s feature at AllAboutJazz.com.

If your hermetically sealed bubble does not allow for quick egress, or you simply can’t get to New York by tonight, the group will also be performing at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam (May 28th), Domicil in Dortmund, Germany (May 29th), the Moers Festival in Moers, Germany (May 31st), and the International House in Philadelphia, PA (June 5th) as part of the Ars Nova Workshop series.

Argue, a Vancouver native, will also premiere a new, specially commissioned work at Canada’s National Jazz Awards on May 14th to be performed by the all-star Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra.  

Given the country’s free health care system, I say this last one is the safe bet.


Mary Halvorson Featured On NPR Music

February 12, 2009

The Mary Halvorson Trio‘s December 22nd performance/interview on WNYC’s Soundcheck is now being featured on the NPR Music Web site.

The 16-minute segment includes Ms. Halvorson speaking about a number of career and music-related topics, as well as live performances of two tracks from the trio’s acclaimed 2008 debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records).

Ms. Halvorson and her trio, along with special guests Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) and Jon Irabagon (saxophone), will perform at Roulette in New York on Friday night.

Eri Yamamoto And The William Parker Quartet Among Soundcheck’s Top 15 Jazz CDs Of 2008

December 23, 2008







Will Layman, jazz critic for WNYC’s Soundcheck, has named two AUM Fidelity releases to his Top 15 Jazz CDs of 2008 list, Eri Yamamoto’s Duologue and the William Parker Quartet’s Petit Oiseau.

Mary Halvorson Trio To Perform Live On WNYC’s Soundcheck Today

December 22, 2008

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson and her acclaimed trio, featuring bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith, will perform live on today’s episode of the popular WNYC radio program, Soundcheck, hosted by John Schaefer.

The group will be performing music from its debut CD, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12).

If you miss the show’s original airing, streaming audio will be available from the show’s Web page.  

Update: An MP3 file of the entire segment is directly downloadable from this link.