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Contributed by Erik Kibelsbeck on 10/28/2004
When the Grammy Award-winning vocal jazz quartet New York Voices performs at Ithaca College on Friday, November 5, the concert will mark a homecoming celebration of sorts for the ensemble that got its start in the College's renowned School of Music.
Though rooted in jazz, New York Voices often incorporates Brazilian, R & B, classical, and pop influences with equal creativity and authenticity. The ensemble traces its roots to a group of singers who had been invited to tour the European jazz festivals in the summer of 1986. Four of the vocalists -- Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian, and Caprice Fox -- were recent School of Music graduates, and they decided to form their own professional ensemble. Adding a fifth singer, they called themselves the New York Voices. In 1989 the group signed its first record deal with GRP Records and released its debut album. Now -- 15 years and one Grammy Award later -- the group performs as a quartet, with three of the original Ithaca College alumni (Meader, Eldridge, and Nazarian) joined by Lauren Kinhan.