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PJS Presents: Steve Barry Trio (Sydney) and Sarah Ramsey
Wednesday 17 April 7.00pm
Perth Jazz Society are thrilled to present a night of original jazz, featuring the award winning Steve Barry (Sydney) with a support act from amazing local vocalist Sarah Ramsey.
Steve Barry Trio
“…dazzling in his harmonic adventurousness, melodic resourcefulness, switchback rhythmic ideas and non-bombastic sense of drama.”
— John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
Steve Barry is a Sydney-based pianist, composer and improviser. Awarded his PhD in composition in 2018, Barry’s recent trio/quartet and solo projects traverse the boundaries of jazz and art music – reflecting a broad spectrum of harmonic hues and equally balancing both intricately composed and free-wheeling ensemble interplay. Pulling together influence from the likes of Thelonious Monk and Paul Bley, Barry’s music is steeped in the jazz tradition while playfully foraying into other realms.
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. His 2018 quartet release Blueprints & Vignettes has been longlisted for the 2018 Australian Music Prize.
Having grown up in Auckland, Steve relocated to Sydney in 2009 to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music – where he now lectures in jazz piano and improvisation.
Tonight Barry by joined by a stellar local rhythm section for two sets of original music and lesser-heard jazz standards.
Sarah Ramsey Duo
Whether fronting an 18-piece big band or accompanied by just a pianist, Perth vocalist, Sarah Ramsey commands the stage with a warm and inviting presence. Her beautiful and rich vocal approach draws influence from Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell and Sarah Vaughan and is best experienced through her own compositions and heartfelt interpretations of jazz standards. This evening, Sarah will strip back some of her compositions with Jeremy Thomson on guitar.