Charles Darden III

Blue-eyed, young, tall, lean, and of course, The Voice. Charles Darden lives to share his love of the timeless standards of such legendary composers as George & Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart. Darden brings back to life the look, sound and feel of truly great entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Louis Armstrong. And he does so authentically.

Charles has made it a major goal to carry on and help develop this great tradition. The youngest and only son in a family of eight children, Charles Wilson Darden III was born and raised in Hampton Virginia. Chucky, as he is called by his family, was exposed to Elvis and other rock and pop music growing up.

In high school Charles gravitated toward Jazz and Big Band music on his own. He was attracted to the swing. He was playing Tenor Sax in the Marching and Concert band. After a few years of serious listening to people like Ellington, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane and Wynton Marsalis Charles tried to go out in public and get his own gigs.

First as a sax player at jam sessions, then as a singer. It was more than obvious he was a singer, and a singer who make a living singing and then some). He began crooning his way into clubs all over the Hampton Roads area including hotbeds for live music like Goodfellas, The Jewish Mother and J.M. Randall.

This in itself was a big accomplishment considering the area and most of its venues do not generally embrace artists who are not playing rock or blues. Charles was asked by Kathie Moore, the President of Cellar Door of Virginia Beach, to perform on the side-stage of the
GTE Amphitheater the night Harry Connick, Jr. performed with his Big Band on June 24, 1999.

In October 1999 the Coast 93.7 aired a song Charles wrote and performed entitled Time to Heal. Musicians playing with Charles currently are pianist James Hancock, guitarist Joe Dee Daniels, drummers Robert McDonald, Jr. and Kenny Cross, Trumpeter John Greenburg and bassist Terry Burrell. Some of these musicians vary from gig to gig.

Charles was a regular at the Friday night Wine & Jazz Party at the Mill Point in Hampton all summer along with playing the Chrysler Museum, The Cavalier Hotel, Manhattans in Newport News and The Tobacco Company and Hard Shell, both in Richmond.

1.All or Nothing At All
2.All the Way
3.Im Beginning to See the Light
4.Time After Time
5.Whats New?
6.Ive Got You Under My Skin
7.Come Fly With Me
8.Our Love Is Here To Stay
9.How About You?
10.You Make Me Feel So Young
11.Just One of Those Things
12.The Way You Look Tonight
13.I Get A Kick Out of You
14.In the Still of the Night
15.A Foggy Day
16.A Nightengale Sang In Berkeley Square
17.Ive Got the World On a String
18.Stardust
19.Where or When
20.When You're Smiling
21.East of the Sun
22.Moonglow
23.Don't Worry Bout Me
24.Speak Low
25.In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
26.Indian Summer
27.I'm Glad There Is You
28.Stormy Weather
29.You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
30.It Alright With Me
31.Something Gotta Give
32.I Wished On the Moon
33.Mood Indigo
34.Prelude to a Kiss
35.Lets Fall In Love
36.Charade
37.All of Me
38.Making Whoopee
39.One For My Baby
40.Lover
41.Angel Eyes
42.Night and Day
43.Autumn Leaves
44.They Can't Take That Away From Me
45.I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
46.Dancing on the Ceiling
47.At Long Last Love
48.I Could Have Danced All Night
49.But Not For Me
50.Sweet Lorraine
51.I Didn't Know What Time It Was
52.Thou Swell
53.Don't Get Around Much Anymore
54.Goody Goody
55.On the Sunnyside of the Street
56.Autumn In New York
57.The Lady Is A Tramp
58.Fly Me to the Moon
59.Nature Boy
60.What Kind of Fool Am I?
61.All the Good Things In Life
62.You Took Advantage of Me
63.My Funny Valentine
64.Here's That Rainy Day
65.Skylark
66.I'll Take Manhatten
67.Ain't Misbehaving
68.There Will Never Be Another You
69.Old Devil Moon
70.Cry Me A River
71.How High the Moon
72.Moonlight In Vermont
73.The Shadow of Your Smile
74.When I Fall In Love
75.Misty
76.On the Street Where You Live
77.Have You Met Miss Jones?
78.A Day In the Life of A Fool
79.Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me

 

80.It Don't Mean A Thing
81.Blue Moon
82.More
83.Unforgettable
84.This Guys In Love
85.Pennies From Heaven
86.I Could Write A Book
87.What A Wonderful World
88.Anything Goes
89.How Deep Is the Ocean?
90.Baby Won't You Please Come Home?
91.It Had to Be You
92.My Heart Stood Still
93.Come Back to Me
94.Change Partners
95.Blue Skies
96.Let's Face the Music and Dance
97.That Old Black Magic
98.Day In Day Out
99.We'll Be Together Again
100.Can't We Be Friends
101.I've Got a Crush On You
102.Nice Work If You Can Get It
103.Stars Fell On Alabama
104.Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
105.The Best Is Yet to Come
106.Ill Wind
107.Call Me Irresponsible
108.Embraceable You
109.Blue Heaven
110.April In Paris
111.It's Only a Paper Moon
112.Should I?
113.I Wish I Were In Love Again
114.I Got It Bad
115.Glad To Be Unhappy
116.You Brought a New Kind of Love To Me
117.I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues
118.Too Close For Comfort
119.Last Night When We Were Young
120.I Should Care
121.Sunny
122.I Like the Sunrise
123.Yellow Days
124.Poor Butterfly
125.What Is This Thing Called Love?
126.I See Your Face Before Me
127.If I Only Had A Brain
128.I'm In the Mood For Love
129.My Shinning Hour
130.Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
131.Mack the Knife
132.I'll Be Around
133.Come Rain or Come Shine
134.Without A Song
135.Imagination
136.I'll Be Seeing You
137. Summerwind
138.Lazy River
139.New Orleans
140.As Time Goes By
141.A Kiss To Build A Dream On
142.Sweet Georgia Brown
143.Tendertrap
144.Witchcraft
145.From Here to Eternity
146.This Time the Dreams On Me
147.Where Is Love
148.For All We Know
149. Lullaby of Birdland
150. Love For Sale
151. How Long Has This Been Going On?
152. I Only Have Eyes For You
153. All of You
154. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
155. This Can't Be Love
156. At Last
157. Someone To Watch Over Me
158. The Days of Wine and Roses
159. I Get Along Without You Very Well
160. It Never Entered My Mind
161. When Your Lover Has Gone