JOHN RILEY + JOHN HARKINS TRIO & SYDNEY ALL STAR BIG BAND
7:00pm, Tue 21st August, 2012
Blue Beat, NSW
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Internationally acclaimed drummer John Riley (Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and many others), joins forces with some of Sydney's best musicians for two sets of unmissable jazz.
John began playing drums at age eight, after receiving a snare drum as a gift. Aged 12 he played his first "professional" gig, which he obtained through an audition played over the telephone. John began studying with Joe Morello in 1971, after meeting him at a drum symposium. he then went on to attend the University of North Texas, where he was introduced to a larger world of music and percussion.
While at UNT, he played in, toured, and recorded with the famed One O'clock Lab Band. In 1976, he moved to New York City and was soon called to join the Woody Herman Band. Following that great experience, John returned to New York and began freelancing with a wide spectrum of world class musicians.
John has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in jazz studies from Manhattan School of Music. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and SUNY Purchase, and is an Artist in Residence at Amsterdam Conservatory, Holland. John is also the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer's Workshop, and has taught master classes around the world.
American-born and raised, John Harkins, who moved to Sydney in 1994, is one of the most sought after jazz pianists in Australia today. John majored in classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and has worked with tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton, singer Mark Murphy, and trumpeter Warren Vache (with whom he recorded "Easy Going" on the Concord Jazz label in 1987) .
Set 1 - John Riley and the John Harkins Trio featuring James Muller
Set Two - John Riley and Sydney All Star Big Band
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DOORS OPEN AT 7.00PM, MUSIC STARTS around 9.30PM.
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