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John Harkins

Since coming to Australia nearly 25 years ago, Harkins, a Chicagoan and a product of the great Chicago/Detroit Jazz piano tradition, (think Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Kirk Lightsey, Geri Allen among many), has established himself in the front rank of the local Sydney Jazz scene. John is what’s known as a hard swinger, possessing great time and exciting drive, effortlessly taking the listener on the musical journey he is creating. It’s an exciting ride but Harkins also brings rich colours and deep emotion to his playing. Bebop based players can sometimes be accused of creating solos that are technical exercises, impressing the listener but not making them want more

Album

Death of Expertise

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Death of Expertise; 2. They’re Everywhere; 3. Find Three Things to Be Grateful for; 4. Love Makes Us Who We Are; 5. A Mind Is a Terrible Thing; 6. Back in the Day; 7. Doreen; 8. Love Always Wins; 9. To Find Things Out; 10. We Click; 11. Losers Are People Too; 12. Giving Up Is Not an Option; 13. We’re Up We’re Down; 14. The Music Plays Again.

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News: Recording

Vocalist/Songwriter Bruce Brown Weaves Witty Narratives Over Soulful Jazz On 'Death Of Expertise'

Vocalist/Songwriter Bruce Brown Weaves Witty Narratives Over Soulful Jazz On 'Death Of Expertise'

When Bruce Brown lived in Los Angeles, he enjoyed a whirlwind of what he calls “live furniture background gigs,” countless casuals, and hipper engagements, like singing and playing piano in the lobby of the L.A. Biltmore Hotel. While doing this, he decided to take a leap of faith and pursue his longtime dream of songwriting full ...


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