WJC Sunday Sessions at TTE 

Barry Doyle Harris (born December 15, 1929) is an American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, arranger and educator and exponent of the bebop style.

Harris began learning the piano at the age of four. His mother was a church pianist and had asked if Harris was interested in playing church or jazz music. Having picked jazz, he was influenced by Monk and Bud Powell. Harris was based in Detroit through the 1950s and worked with musicians such as  Miles Davis, Sony Still and Thad Jones.  Briefly, in 1956 he toured with Max Roach after the group’s resident pianist Richie Powell (younger brother of Bud Powell) died in a car crash. 

Harris relocated to New York City in 1960, where he collaborated with Dexter Gordon, Yusef Lateef and Hank Mobley.  Harris continues to perform and teach worldwide. When he is not traveling, he holds weekly music workshop sessions in New York City and kicks the butts off vocalists, students of piano and other instruments. 

Featured composer: Barry Harris
House Band: George Maclaurin (p), Daniel Yeabsley (b), Mark Lockett (d).   
Date and time: Sunday, 14 April 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro


Steve Barry Trio

Based in Sydney since relocating from Auckland in 2009, Barry’s music continues to reflect his parallel interests in jazz and classical art music – where the intricately composed meets free-wheeling interplay.

Barry’s 2018 quartet release Blueprints & Vignettes received 4-stars in the Sydney Morning Herald and was long-listed for the 14th Australian Music Prize.

The Blueprints trio – tonight featuring Nick Tipping on bass and Lauren Ellis on drums – continues to mine the terrain established by this record, dancing between chromatic counterpoint, propelling rhythmic cells and a colourful spectrum of harmonic hues, all the while paying homage to good old straight-ahead jazz. Tonight’s show is part of a 12-date tour of Australia and New Zealand in advance of recording a follow-up album of new material.

…besides carving some challenging notated figures for his collaborators, he allows the music to unravel into pools of free improvisation in which mood and interaction predominate over any predetermined concepts. The album becomes a dialogue between the concrete and the abstract, and not always with the composed elements fulfilling the former role and the improvised the latter. 

— John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 2018

Barry is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year (2013), 2nd place in the National Jazz Awards (2013), and a BBM Travel Scholarship (2011). He was a finalist in the 2017 APRA Professional Development Awards and a nominee for the 2016 Freedman Fellowship. Barry received his PhD in composition in 2018, and currently lectures in jazz piano and improvisation at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Steve Barry Trio
Steve Barry (p), Chris Beernink (b), Lauren Ellis (d)
Date: Thur 14 April 2019, 8pm
Venue: The Third Eye, Upstairs at 30 Arthur St. Te Aro
Price: General $20, WJC members and Students with ID $15

WJC Sunday Sessions at TTE

McKinley Howard “Kenny” Dorham (August 30, 1924 – December 5, 1972) was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and composer. Dorham’s talent is frequently lauded by critics and other musicians, but he never received the kind of attention or public recognition from the jazz establishment that many of his peers did. For this reason, Dorham’s name has become “virtually synonymous with underrated. Dorham composed the jazz standard  “Blue Bossa”, which first appeared on Joe Henderson’s album Page One.

Featured composer: Kenny Dorham
House Band: Alex Boulton (g), Christopher Yeabsley (o), and Mark Lockett (d)   
Date and time: Sunday, 7 April 2019, 2-4pm
Venue: The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro