Austin music fans are looking forward to a concert by The Alex Coke Rich Harney Quintet on June 24, 2010 at The Elephant Room. Featuring Rich Harney on piano, and Alex Coke on sax and flutes, the band's original tunes, impeccable time and taste, and smokin' sound, deliver an unforgettable evening of truly great jazz.
As one of the bravest and most diversified talents of the Austin/ Amsterdam music scenes, Alex Coke has explored everything from Be-Bop to Huddie Ledbetter and beyond. Coke's multifarious bands include the legendary post-bop quintet, The Worthy Constituents, a collaboration with Harney, the late Martin Banks and the late AD Mannion which won the Best Unsigned Bands Contest from Musician Magazine in 1990. Amidst many other projects, Coke's latest CD, "Its Possible", was released on VoxLox Records in 2009.
Rich Harney, a prolific pianist and composer, has been illuminating the Austin jazz scene as one of its brightest stars for many years. His remarkable talents as pianist, composer, and vocalist have gained him acclaim from musicians as one of Austin's best kept secrets and from the Austin American-Statesman as "one of Austin’s most valuable musical resources."
Harney's 2005 release, Soul Prayers, featured Coke & Harney and brought their formidable talents together yet again on his last release, Where Love Begins (Aardvark Records) in 2008.
As members of a musical partnership that spans many decades, an evening with Harney & Coke is all ways an opportunity to hear jazz at its best. For the upcoming concert at the Elephant Room expect many original compositions as well as a few tried and true classics.