New York Voices
- Patrick K. Freer
Vocal ensemble. New York Voices is grounded in the American jazz tradition, but its repertoire includes music with Brazilian, R&B, classical, and pop influences. Originally formed in 1987 by a quartet of alumni of Ithaca College (Peter Eldridge, Caprice Fox, Darmon Meader, and Kim Nazarian), Sara Krieger completed the quintet. When Krieger retired from the ensemble in 1992, Lauren Kinhan took her place. The group has retained a quartet voicing since Fox left the group in 1994. The four current members also maintain careers as solo performers, composers, and arrangers.
New York Voices has recorded seven solo albums, beginning with a self-titled debut CD in 1989, and made featured appearances on many other recordings, winning a 1996 Grammy with the Count Basie Orchestra (Live at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild) and a 2002 Latin Grammy for Brazilian Dreams with Paquito D’Rivera. The ensemble has performed with a number of influential jazz musicians, including Ray Brown, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, and George Benson. ...