November 30, 2016

Darcy James Argue Joins Princeton Jazz Program


Darcy James Argue

Princeton University’s department of music is pleased to announce that bandleader and composer Darcy James Argue has joined the department as conductor of the Princeton University Creative Large Jazz Ensemble. The GRAMMY and JUNO-nominated artist, Guggenheim Fellow, and Doris Duke Artist will make his debut leading the Creative Large Ensemble on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 8 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall in a program including everything from classics — Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Mary Lou Williams — to more recent works and arrangements by today’s leading artists. The concert will also feature saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, the new Director of Jazz at Princeton University. 

Argue says that he is “thrilled to join this lively musical community, and to help contribute to the exciting new direction for jazz at Princeton being by developed by Rudresh Mahanthappa. The repertoire for the inaugural Creative Large Ensemble concert spans a broad range of material, from canonical compositions by Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams to works by contemporary masters like Pedro Giraudo and John Hollenbeck. Tackling such diverse material exposes the students to many different visions of what large ensemble jazz can be.”

Tickets are $15 general, $5 students, available at (609) 258-9220, or online at