Watertown JazzFest Music & Arts Festival

Performer / Artist Details

Performer / Artist Details

Darryl Glenn Nettles

Darryl Glenn Nettles, a native of New York, was granted a Doctorate of Vocal Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois in Urban-Champaign. While in Illinois he was a student of Mignon Dunn of the Metropolitan Opera. He also studied with Heinz Rehfuss of the Paris National Theatre, Gary Burgess at SUNY at Buffalo, and with the renowned artist, William Warfield.


In addition to his vocal studies, Darryl studied composition with Salvatore Martirano and has written countless vocal, choral, and instrumental works. He studied organ with Squire Haskin and piano with Carlo Pinto at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He even tap dances.


Darryl coached and performed with the legendary jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams and was chosen by her as freatured solist for the Western New York premier of her jazz mass. His CD, Reminiscing, a collection of jazz standards, was released in the fall of 2000. A second CD, Vintage Years (Black River Entertainment: Sound Stage Studios), is now available.

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