Local jazz singer Charles Darden dead at 43 (via Daily Press)

Charles Darden III, a local jazz singer who had been a fixture on the local music scene over the past two decades, died this week at age 43.

 Family and friends confirmed that Darden was found dead on Wednesday morning in his bedroom at the Hampton home of Joe Dee Daniels, a local musician with whom he was staying. No cause of death has been given, but there was no sign of foul play.

Darden, a Bethel High School graduate, was best known for his energetic takes on classic American songs made famous by singers such as Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr. He had performed as recently as last week at an open mic at Aroma’s coffee house in Williamsburg.

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