Music: Sean Harkness and Friends

Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Sean Harkness, Karen Oberlin, Brian Keane and Will Galison will entertain with jazzy original compositions and old favorites in duets and full ensemble pieces. These four talented musicians have been performing together and in various combination in clubs and theatres, including Carnegie Hall, the Levitt Pavilion and the Birdland Jazz Club. They have recorded both together and as solists throughout the years.

Community partner and location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Guitar artist Sean Harkness composes music for solo guitar and small ensembles, and supports an exhaustive list of singers, musicians, and theatrical productions. Sean’s awards include: Outstanding Instrumentalist 2011 Bistro Award, Four MAC Awards for: Best Debut, Best Recording, and two for Ensemble Instrumentalist; 2014 Award for best CD Release. Harkness has six commercial artist releases, many on Windham Hill Records.

“Sean is a technical virtuoso who’s Joe Pass / Tommy Emmanuel fingerstyle approach is always in service to telling a story or creating a feeling within the song; he transcends many genres and can touch listeners of many backgrounds.”—Jazz Inside New York.

"Making full use of his flowing arpeggios, powerful strumming and crystal clear harmonics, Sean creates a variety of sound with one acoustic guitar, which clearly shows his rich musicality and world-class ability of expression."—JazzLife Japan

Vocalist Karen Oberlin has been hailed as one of premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook by both the New York Times and London's Classical Source. She has been a recipient of the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Donald F. Smith Award, along with multiple MAC Awards, a Bistro Award, a Broadway World Award and a Nightlife Award (for Jazz Vocalist of the Year) along with an Honorary Doctorate in Music. In New York she has had major engagements at the Algonquin’s Oak Room, the Café Carlyle, Feinstein’s/54 Below and Birdland, along with performances at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Town Hall, Merkin Hall and Caramoor. Ms. Oberlin performs at concert halls and clubs across the country and in Europe, and has four recordings on the Miranda Music label, the last of which (a duo album with Sean Harkness) was a favorite of Jonathan Schwartz on his radio show. 

Multiple Emmy award winning composer, Grammy award winning producer, and noted guitarist Brian Keane has scored literally hundreds of films and television shows, and produced over 150 albums, mostly from his studio in the woods of Connecticut. His music has been hailed critically as "indelible and breathtaking" by the Los Angeles Times, "piercingly beautiful" by The New York Times and "masterful" by Newsweek, and he has been called a "musician's musician" by Downbeat, a "composer's composer" by The Hollywood Reporter, and “one of the most impressive musicians of the decade” by the editor of Billboard magazine.

Will Galison is best known as a jazz and studio harmonica player, and has been called “the most original and individual of the new generation of harmonica players” by jazz harmonica master Toots Thielemans. You may not know you know his music, but you probably do. He's the guy who plays harmonica on the themes of “Sesame Street”, The Untouchables”, “Bagdad Cafe”, as well as hundreds of other movie scores, albums, and commercials. While most of his career has been focused on jazz, Galison's working life has exposed him to many other musical idioms from R&B to Classical, recording with such notables as Sting, Barbara Streisand, Donald Fagen, Carly Simon, Chake Khan, Ruth Brown, and Peggy Lee. 


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