Jazz Performance and Guitar Lessons

Darla Rich Jazz

jazz performance and guitar instruction

Darla and Rich Tarpinian




Guitarist, Rich Tarpinian and upright bassist, Darla Isaacs Tarpinian are based in New Jersey and have been a part of the local jazz scene since 2000.  Their music has been appreciated by audiences of all ages. They have played concerts, public and private events as well as libraries, restaurants and wineries. Their repertoire includes straight ahead jazz and standards as well as original compositions. They also apply elements of jazz to more recent popular songs.  Through creative expression and improvisation, they seek to present their musical selections in a way that complements the composer's rich melodies and harmonies.  They perform mostly in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area and are often joined by other area musicians. For booking, please click here.

Darla Isaacs Tarpinian, bass

Darla Tarpinian's diverse vocal background has allowed her to apply a uniquely fresh and natural sound to the well-worn jazz repertoire. Her first vocal performance at the age of three set the stage for a lifetime of singing. She attributes her phrasing and ability to hear chord changes to the rhythms and four part harmonies common to the gospel quartet music that she heard and sang at an early age.

After passing rigorous auditions, she made the unlikely jump to performances with Cincinnati's May Festival Chorus and toured the US and Europe. Her time working with internationally known conductors and symphony orchestras demanded a discipline that was a useful contrast to the informal music of her past.

Her move to New Jersey found her scaling back to smaller, less formal settings and eventually immersing herself in the complexities of jazz. She began studying the electric bass with Rich Tarpinian and upright bass with bassist and educator, Luke McIntosh. Darla enjoys the sound of the bass believing it has a quality and resonance similar to the human voice. She enjoys the ability of the bass to interact with other instruments beyond its traditional role of providing the pulse.

Born in Kentucky near Cincinnati, Ohio, she moved to New Jersey where she met her husband and musical partner, Rich Tarpinian.

Rich Tarpinian, guitar

Rich is a guitarist and vocalist who has been performing in New York and New Jersey for over 20 years. He began his study of the guitar with classical instruction at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York.

Rich has studied various jazz styles with inspiration coming from guitarists as well as other instrumentalists. His style reflects influences from Jimmy Raney, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, in addition to many other current guitarists.

As a vocal stylist, he aims for a natural sound without regard to the time period of the selection. As a supporting musician in both live performance and recording sessions, Rich has worked with many area musicians as well as leading his own projects.

Along with a familiar repertoire, he has written and performed his own music. He teaches guitar privately and has taught in group settings through workshops. Rich plays a Gibson ES-165 and is a native of Massena, New York.


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