Fred Farell began singing professionally during his military service in the United States and in Europe, but his love for music and expression extends much longer. Farell’s musical training includes jazz vocal improvisation with pianist and composer Richard Beirach, private voice studies with Cynthia Hoffman and Larry Chelsi in New York, at which time he was enrolled at The City College of New York in Vocal Jazz studies under the instruction of master jazz Vocalist Sheila Jordan.
During the 1970’s and early 1980’s, Farell could be found appearing as a solo artist or group leader in New York City at loft galleries and in jazz clubs alike. This included return engagements at both “Sweet Basil” and “Greene Street” during which time he was an artist and member of Cobi Narita’s “Universal Jazz Coalition”.
As a featured soloist, as well as an ensemble singer, Farell has performed at Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, WBAI Radio, The Kitchen, and Symphony Space, to name a few. Farell has worked with jazz masters such as late saxophonist Dexter Gordon, pianists Barry Harris, Albert Dailey, and Kenny Barron; bassists such as the late Herman Wright, Ratzo Harris, and Rufus Reid. Pioneer vocal artist and educator Jay Clayton (“The Voice Group”) and “Natural Sound” director, pianist and composer Kirk Nurock.