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Harry Coulson Bio
  • Harry Coulson is a Melbourne-based guitarist, composer and songwriter whose distinctive style comes as much from punk and blues as it does from the jazz idiom. He graduated from the VCA in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music Performance and completed his honours in the same at Monash University in 2012 as well as attending the summer jazz courses at NYU in the same year. He released his debut album in 2014 under the production of composer/producer Jonathan Dreyfus and in 2015 he was the recipient of a TD Jazz Scholarship to attend the International Workshops in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre in Canada where he studied and performed with renowned artists such as Miles Okazaki, Ingrid Jensen, Mark Turner, Vijay Iyer, Harish Raghavan, Becca Stevens and Tyshawn Sorey. Recent performance credits include the St Kilda Festival, Mornington Jazz Festival, High Street Festival, Leaps and Bounds Festival, and the Adelaide Fringe as well as live to air performances on ABC Radio in Melbourne (774), Canberra (666), and on ABC Statewide drive and ABC Central Victoria. His quartet the Rain Dogs were the backing band for Adam Hills at the opening gala of the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and undertook an east coast tour with the assistance of funding from Creative Victoria in April/May 2015. He currently is in-demand for session and education work within his hometown of Melbourne, and is also a regular presenter with Music Maestros on ABC Statewide Drive with Nicole Chvastek. He takes pride in jumping between roles of songwriter, bandleader, improviser and side-man whenever the pleasure takes him as he continues to work on a number of original projects as well as getting the odd spot of surfing in…
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"Harry Coulson’s instrumental jazz trio of guitar, bass and drums draws from a wide array of influences. They bring the technical athleticism of their jazz chops, but flesh it out with a rocky, even post-rock listenability... one of the most approachable contemporary jazz records I’ve heard in ages." (Chris Cobcroft – 4ZZZ)

"there is no room for unnecessary thought. Listeners will get wrapped up in the mission and they will know where they are going. Equally impressive and enjoyable, Coulson’s solo debut album is very welcome to its listeners." (Sarah Prichard - Sydney City News)

"The disc, in my opinion, is eclectic and unusual, a real mix of jazz and blues influenced music, featuring some excellent musicianship. The guitar work is outstanding" (Dave Anger – 2MCR)

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