This duo, award-winning jazz vocalist Beth Ullman and pianist/vocalist Rich Harney, first gained national attention when they won MUSICIAN Magazine's Best Unsigned Bands contest with Branford Marsalis among the all-star panel of judges. Their debut release, Aren't We the Lucky Ones, showcases their unique chemistry and style on a collection of standards and swingin' originals. Their vocal harmonies and catchy compositions have won them awards for Best Jazz Vocalist, Best Songwriter and Best Vocal Group and make Ullman/Harney an exciting part of the jazz community.

Beth Ullman has been wowing audiences in the Southwest for over 15 years with her innovative renditions of jazz standards. Having performed with Will Taylor and Strings Attached, Beth is also a member of the vocal group Beat Divas. In 1993, she was voted “Best Jazz Vocalist” by the Austin Players’ Critics Poll. Her band Countenance first pairing her with pianist Rich Harney was a finalist in MUSICIAN Magazine’s“Best Of The Unsigned Bands” in 1990.

Beth (now Bethani) has since gone on to record two independent solo albums. Ullman is currently on the Commercial Music Faculty at McLennan Community College in Waco, TX where she is an instructor of voice and vocal ensemble, is music director at Unity Church of the Hills in Austin.

As a pillar of the jazz scene, pianist Rich Harney has a prolific Austin history.  Particularly noted for his composing skills, Harney has an impressive list of songs ("hundreds of them," Beth told the Austin Chronicle, "and they're all good") composed on his own and with other Austin jazz notables. His gig bands have included Countenance and the Worthy Constituents, and Austin locals can frequently find him playing with other top jazz musicians at the Elephant Room. Harney adheres to the earthy Horace Silver-inspired style upon which he's built his reputation. His piano style is sometimes compared to the great Bill Evans, and his vocals are a perfect foundation for the award-winning vocal stylings of Beth Ullman.

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