Darla & Rich Tarpinian

Photos by John Hester Photography

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 standards, pop nostalgia as well as original compositions. 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 is a bassist who believes the sound of the bass has a quality and resonance like the human voice. She enjoys the ability of the bass to interact with other instruments beyond its traditional role of providing the pulse. She attributes her phrasing and ability to hear chord changes to the harmonies of the gospel quartets of her northern Kentucky childhood. And, her twelves year performing with the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, working with internationally known conductors as well as touring eastern Europe, Russia and Estonia with the May Festival Touring Chorus demanded a discipline that was a useful contrast to the informal music of her past. Upon her move to New Jersey, she found herself scaling back to smaller, less formal settings and eventually immersing herself in the complexities and rich harmonies of jazz along with studying the upright bass.  After relocating to the central New Jersey area, she met her husband and musical partner, Rich Tarpinian.

Rich Tarpinian, guitar

Rich Tarpinian is a guitarist who has been performing in the tri-state area for over 20 years.  His earliest musical influences were his music teachers and his sister, a graduate of Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY.  Rich’s Armenian heritage ensured that he would be exposed to the complex rhythms and catchy melodies of Eastern European music. Growing up just south of the Canadian border, he was introduced to the extensive jazz programming of one of the Montreal radio stations.  Rich maintained his interest in jazz as he began studying classical guitar at the Crane School of Music while absorbing the sounds and culture of the local jazz scene.  Inspired by many well-known jazz guitarists as well as other instrumentalists, Rich immersed himself in the study of jazz guitar. As a supporting musician, Rich has worked with many area musicians in both live performance and recording sessions.  He has led projects and has written and performed his own music. Rich teaches guitar privately and has taught in workshops. Rich plays a Gibson ES-165 and is a native of Massena, New York.


Left to Right: David Stier (d), Tom Tallitsch (ts), Darla Tarpinian (b), Rich Tarpinian (g)

Left to Right: David Stier (d), Tom Tallitsch (ts), Darla Tarpinian (b), Rich Tarpinian (g)

To complete our trio and quartet configurations, we are honored to work with the following musicians.

  • David Stier, drums

  • Cliff Hochberg, drums and congas

  • Joe Falcey, drums

  • Tom Tallitsch, tenor saxophone

  • Dave Homan, tenor saxophone

  • Thomas Razler, tenor saxophone

  • Jim Stagnitto, trumpet & flugelhorn

  • Danny Tobias, trumpet & cornet

  • Lars Wendt, trombone, trumpet & flugelhorn

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