Tonight at the Stadtgarten in Cologne, Germany, composer Darcy James Argue will reunite with the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra for the first of two weekend performances of his music. On Saturday night, Argue and the CCJO will take the stage at the venerable North Sea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands.
“Back in the fall of 2006,” explains Argue, who just earned top honors in the Big Band Rising Star, Composer Rising Star and Arranger Rising Star categories in the DownBeat Critics Poll, “I made my first-ever European appearance at the Stadtgarten, conducting the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. The prospect of trying to put together a set that included some of my most difficult music with a group of total strangers was, frankly, terrifying, but the band turned out to be really strong and extremely easy to work with. I look forward to picking up right where we left off!”
Argue and his own acclaimed big band, Secret Society, will next perform at the CareFusion Jazz Festival Newport, with special guest Bob Brookmeyer, on Saturday, August 7th.