Darryl Tookes

Instructor

Darryl Tookes is a singer, pianist, composer and arranger who has worked with many celebrated performers and legendary music figures – an eclectic list that reads like a music industry Who’s Who and includes producers Quincy Jones, Phil Ramone, Arif Mardin and David Foster, along with Leonard Bernstein, Roberta Flack, Sting, Paul Simon, Bobby McFerrin, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Dave Grusin, George Benson, Rod Stewart, Burt Bacharach, Gerry Mulligan, Carly Simon, Patti Austin, Lesley Gore, Diana Ross, Michel Legrand, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Aretha Franklin, Laurie Anderson, Todd Rundgren, Blondie, Faith Hill, Cristina Aguilera, Darlene Love and many others. To! okes has performed at the White House, and appeared on many national television shows including Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Saturday Night Live. Tookes’ voice has been featured on Coca-Cola, AT&T, American Airlines, US Army commercials, and on Sesame Street. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences; served two terms as chairman of the New York Singers Collective, and three terms on the board of directors for the Society of Singers. He has arranged for student a cappella groups and has been awarded commissions for composing and arranging choral works. Lifeguard, Tookes’ debut single, reached #3 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. Tookes recently performed for President Barack Obama.

Education

BS - Physics, Florida A&M University