” HARRY LYNN MUSIC ” – THE SITE FOR HARRY AS A SOLO PIANO and VOCAL PERFORMER, OR AS PART OF A DUO, TRIO, QUARTET or QUINTET
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HARRY LYNN PIANO / KEYBOARDS and VOCAL.
Harry’s musical education started at 9 years of age with classical piano lessons from local teachers in his home town in the country. At the age of 15 a friend played him a recording of the Nat King Cole Trio and he was converted to a love of swinging jazz music from that point onwards. Further studies for 2 years with a local jazz pianist found him thirsting for further knowledge of jazz, so he commenced a fortnightly pilgrimage of 300 kilometers for the next 3 years to study with one of Australia’s most respected jazz piano teachers, “ Chuck “ Yates. For a more detailed look at his piano learning history click Here.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER BEGINS
Moving from the country to commence his professional career he played in many varied jazz groups, all the while studying the works of the great jazz pianists like Oscar Peterson, Nat King Cole, George Shearing, Art Tatum, Red Garland, Bill Evans [ His favourite pianist ] and Keith Jarrett.
In 1969 he went to Singapore and worked at the Equatorial hotel where in addition to playing dinner and show music, he instigated Monday night Jam Sessions for all the local musicians. Many visiting American, English and French players who were in town for a show were invited to play. At this time of his career he started composing and has written a total of 105 songs in many different styles.
HOME TO AUSTRALIA
On returning to Australia in 1970, he spent 2 years in nightclubs [ one was working 7 nights per week from 8.00 pm until 3.00 am ] and 2 years touring the East Coast of Australia as accompanist to singer Matt Flinders. While touring he was offered the position of accompanist to a vocal group based in Sydney. In addition to working with the Claire Poole Singers over the next 20 years, he also worked in the Hans Martin Trio, and then 11 years with the multi “Mo” Award winning group, the Dave Bridge Showband at some of the major Sydney Clubs and Hotels . Also played on recording sessions for singers, dancers and jingles for commercials.
GOLD COAST – NEW HOME
He has been a resident of the Gold Coast area since 1990, and in addition to working as a jazz pianist has been recognized as being one of the most versatile players in Queensland. He is highly regarded as an accompanist for singers – he says it is one of his favourite musical pastimes – many singers comment on how comfortable it is to sing with him. Resident at prestigious Palm Meadows Golf Club for 7 years and Twin Towns Services Club since 1990. In 1991 Twin Towns Services Club asked him to do a three month trial as the 10.00 am to 12.00 midday Saturday morning singing pianist for ballroom dancing which included a large proportion of New Vogue dances, as well as Latin American. As of February 2012 the three month trial had grown to 21 years ! The regular dancers who attend almost every week are like a second family for Harry – some of them have been coming there for the whole 21 years !
JAZZ IN THE BASEMENT
Harry, Peter McLaughlin and Warren Whittaker had played together since 1990 as a trio and when they started at ” Jazz in the Basement ” at the Arts Centre in June 2004 it was considered to be one of the most prestigious jobs on the Gold Coast. They recruited Malcolm Wood to join the trio after a short while. The engagement continued until the end of 2009, and with a change of management it was concluded. Five and a half years of great delight, wonderful relationships with their dedicated customers, and some great jazz ! One of many highlights was the quartet’s invitation to the QPAC Giants of Jazz festival in 2008. During the time at the Basement the band had a mentoring program for young players – click HERE for the Apprentices Story. Their philosophy was to be an entertaining band where they play their music seriously, but have lots of fun doing it. Harry is carrying on that philosophy and hopes you will enjoy the combination of good singing and playing with great entertainment.
NEW MUSICAL VENTURES
In recent times Harry has joined up with singer and comedienne Beth Hamilton to form a duo of two voices with piano. They are available for all functions and can provide many musical genres with a full on “show business ” show to quiet background music more suited to restaurants. Trio and Quartet / Quintet engagements are very much a part of his musical life, regularly working with bassist Peter McLaughlin from the Basement days, drummers Owen Smith, Howard Carroll and Warren Whittaker, tenor saxophonist Bruce Johnston, alto saxophonist Willi Qua, and trumpeter Colin Jones.
As mentioned above, Harry has been recognized as being one of the most versatile players in Queensland. His musical genres include :-
1. Jazz – solo, duo, trio, quartet, quintet.
2. Dinner music – solo, duo with another singer, soft trio with bass and guitar.
3. As a multiple Mo Award winning accompanist for singers and instrumentalists
4. New Vogue & Ballroom Dance music – solo or duo with bass + electronic drums.
5. As a “roving” or “walkaround” keyboard player – see “LOTS MORE PHOTOGRAPHS”
6. Composing – over 100 songs composed.
7. Anything about pianos.
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