de Laski Performing Arts Bldg, A428
4400 University Drive, MS 3E3
Fairfax, VA 22030
Darden Purcell, jazz vocalist, is a featured soloist with symphony orchestras, big bands and small ensembles, as well as a band leader and vocal instructor. She has collaborated with many of the world’s top jazz artists, and is a former Washington, D.C. Air Force Band vocalist as part of the pop/rock group High Flight. She can be heard as a soloist and back-up vocalist on High Flight’s CD, Highlights. A highpoint of Purcell’s Air Force career was touring with the elite jazz band, The Airmen of Note. Purcell was a featured vocalist, performing alongside gospel star BeBe Winans and Lari White for “Operation Desert Greetings,” entertaining troops in Germany, Italy, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain. She has performed back-up vocals, as part of the USAF Band Guest Artist Series, for nationally renowned recording artists Chaka Khan, Bryan White, Janie Fricke, Freda Payne, Sherrie Payne, Gloria Loring, Melba Moore and Rita Coolidge, and she appeared in a performance with Darlene Love on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Purcell received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in vocal jazz performance at Virginia Tech, a Master of Music in jazz performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Doctor of Musical Arts in jazz performance, also at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In November 2009, Purcell released her debut CD, Easy Living.
MM, Music - Jazz Performance, (2009)
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor