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Alex Coke

Alex Coke, born in Dallas, Texas, an original member of the Creative Opportunity Orchestra, has performed with Tina Marsh in various formations for 22 years. For ten years he played and recorded with the internationally renowned Dutch jazz group, the Willem Breuker Kollektief. His various bands have included New Visions, the Live Action Brass Band, the Leadbelly Legacy Band, The Alex Coke/Paul Bollenback Duo, Jamad, and his post-bop quintet, The Worthy Constituents, a collaboration with longtime partner, pianist Rich Harney with Martin Banks on trumpet. He has worked with Gerald Wilson, Charles Tolliver, James Polk, Jay Rozen, the Paradise Regained Orchestra and the Trio Henk de Jonge

NEWS: OBITUARY

Prolific Austin composer, first call pianist Rich Harney dies suddenly at 66

Prolific Austin composer, first call pianist Rich Harney dies suddenly at 66

jny: Austin is mourning the loss of one of its finest and most beloved musicians, pianist Rich Harney. Harney passed away on January 5, 2020, just before a Sunday night trio gig at The Elephant Room. Born in Champaign, Illinois, Harney was a prolific composer first inspired by the recordings of Oscar Peterson. Influences include Thelonious ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Rich Harney

Rich Harney has been illuminating the Austin jazz scene as one of its brightest stars for the last decade. His remarkable talents as pianist, composer, and vocalist have gained him acclaim from the Austin American-Statesman as “one of Austin’s most valuable musical resources.” The Austin Jazz Players and Critics Poll honored him in 1993 as Composer of the Year, Best Songwriter, and Best Male Jazz Vocalist. He also received second place honors in the Austin Music Umbrella’s 1992 Composer Competition. In a 1990 competition adjudicated by Branford Marsalis, MUSICIAN Magazine named Harney’s Sextet as one of the “Twelve Best Unsigned Bands Nationwide”. Harney has performed extensively as band leader and ensemble pianist with Gene Ramey, Tony Campise, Carmen Bradford (Count Basie Orchestra), Martin Banks (Duke Ellington Orchestra), Clifford Scott and Ted Piltzecker (Director, Aspen Music Festival’s Jazz Program)

Ilebombo

Label: Indy release
Released: 2013

NEWS: TV / FILM

Texas Jazz Featured On Jazz At Noon Series

Austin, TX - A live stream broadcast from Austin is giving music fans a great opportunity to see and hear what Texas Jazz is all about. Berklee grad Masumi Jones is producing the monthly Jazz At Noon series and taking it worldwide via Ustream TV. A recent episode included visiting multi instrumentalist /composer Alex Coke (Creative ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Silvie Rider: Je Te Connais

Read "Je Te Connais" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Munich borne Silvie Rider moved to her husband's (Red Young) home of Austin, Texas and recorded a half-Anglophone/half-Francophone album. If that is not the top of multicultural blending, then nothing is. Okay, but first, who is Red Young? Oddly, he would be the keyboard player of late of Eric Burdon and the Animals. Could this story ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Rich Harney Quintet in Austin on April 1

Rich Harney Quintet in Austin on April 1

Austin is looking forward to a rare concert appearance of The Rich Harney Quintet on April 1, 2010 at The Elephant Room. Featuring Rich Harney on piano, and Alex Coke on sax and flutes, this promises to be an unforgettable evening of truly great jazz. Harney, a prolific composer, has been illuminating Austin jazz as one ...

It's Possible

Label: VoxLox
Released: 2009
Track listing: It's Possible; Frogs; Lonely Woman; Steve Lacy Suite: Drips, Rips, IPS bug on a stick), P.S.; Eclipse; Around the Block; Deep River; Highway; Double Quarter; Secret Love; Sirens; Peace Prayer.


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