A seasoned performer, accomplished composer and respected educator, saxophonist Darcy Hepner has dedicated the past 30 years toward strengthening and refining his grasp of jazz, R&B and blues. Originally a cellist with a classical pedigree, he switched to saxophone while studying at the University of Miami and subsequently worked during the ‘80s with such legendary figures as B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Sergio Mendes and Henry Mancini. From 1985-1989, he taught at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and from 1996 -2005 lived in New York and worked on the Big Apple jazz scene as well as on various Broadway and off-Broadway shows, including “Movin’ Out”, “Love, Janis” and “Stray Cats.” From 1999-2004, he toured as a regular member of the world renowned jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears.
His impressive list of credentials includes work with jazz singers Tony Bennett and Mel Tormé, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Uptown Horns, the Brooklyn Jazz Composers Orchestra, the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, rocker David Johansen, Broadway star Tom Wopat, saxophonists David Liebman and Olliver Lake, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and drumming great Louie Bellson.
In the summer of 2005 Darcy returned to Canada to his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, where he is currently a Professor of Music at Mohawk College. Since his return he has performed “Bird With Strings,” a recreation of jazz icon Charlie Parker’s 1949 masterwork, and was also featured artist with Symphony Hamilton in a recreation of the daring symphonic work “Focus,” written in 1961 by composer-arranger Eddie Sauter for the great jazz saxophonist Stan Getz.