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)