Barry Gurley

Barry Gurley

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Barry Gurley

Thursday, June 13 at 6:00 pm


Jazz Pianist and Vocalist Barry Gurley, a native of Maryland, started playing local gigs at an early age while studying with Jazz Pianist and Verve Recording Artist Don Scaletta.
Since then, his career has taken him to Jazz Clubs like Washington, D.C.’s "Blues Alley" and NYC’s “ The Blue Note”  to the “ Bilboquet “ in Paris, France.
In 1990, The Washingtonian Magazine Named Barry Gurley “ Best Pianist-Vocalist In Washington, D.C."

Gurley has also appeared as a pianist in two Hollywood films: Barry Levinson’s “ Tin Men “ ( Richard Dreyfus and Barbara Hershey ) and Gregory Nava’s “ Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” ( Halle Berry and Lorenz Tate.)
More recently, Gurley has appeared with Diane Coburn Bruning’s “Chamber Dance” performances of  "Ballet, Brass and Song: The Songs of Cole Porter” with Vocalist Lena Seikaly at Sidney Harmon Hall and the Kennedy Center.
This show will be reprised in late June of 2019 and will feature the Chamber Dance Project Dancers as well as Vocalist Shacara Rodgers, bassist Scott Giambusso and Barry Gurley.

Of Barry Gurley’s 1981 Blues Alley debut, Unicorn Times Music Writer/ Critic Reuben M. Jackson wrote “ Barry Gurley’s Blues Alley Debut was one of the most passionate, swinging and interesting sets of music I have ever heard.” 
As a once member of the notable Jazz Vocal Ensemble “ Mad Romance,” Gurley appeared at the 1989 Monterey Jazz Festival and the Blue Note. He has also appeared on Bassist-Extraordinaire Michael Manring’s “ Book of Flame.”

Gurley’s musical style combines primarily the vocal influences of Nat King Cole and Mel Torme with piano stylings reminiscent of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock. His repertoire ranges from the “ Great American Songbook “ standards of the 1930’s,1940’s and 1950’s to the Rock and R&B standards of the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s. His musical metier is primarily song-based and is a combination of lush piano harmonics with passionate vocals.

Gurley is joined by bassist extraordinaire Glenn Dewey and drummer Anders Eliasson. Glenn Dewey, a member of “ The President’s Own “ US Marine Band, has played in orchestras under the baton of John Williams and
Leonard Slatkin among others. Along with impromptu performances with Sir Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, he has also appeared with such diverse artists as Steve Allen, Michael Feinstein, Toby Keith and Marty Stuart.
Drum virtuoso Anders Eliasson rounds out the trio with his beautiful drumming. Along with tours of Europe and the US, he has appeared at The Kennedy Center, Blues Alley and the Black Rock Center for the Arts.

Gurley’s Recording “ Lullaby of the Leaves “ is a beautiful collection of Standards from different eras. From Gershwin’s “ Love Walked In, “ The Beatle’s “ She’s Leaving Home “ to the title track “ Lullaby of the Leaves,” Gurley always
leaves his own uniquely original stamp on the material. The Trio is currently recording a new CD that will soon be released the Summer of 2019.


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