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ABC recording artist and APRA Award winning pianist/vocalist SHARNY RUSSELL is one of Australia’s most seasoned and respected jazz musicians. Apart from her elite piano and vocal skills that have made her one of our favourite jazz artists, Sharny has a warm and intimate stage persona that makes you feel like she is singing just for you alone. She has recorded with George Golla, sung with Katie Noonan, performed with James Morrison, Emma Pask, Darren Percival, Galapagos Duck, and George Washingmachine, supported Vince Jones and Martin Taylor, and toured with Grace Knight – to name a few. She has been complimented by legends, James Moody and Ray Brown, who, during one of their tour visits to Australia, came every night to hear her play in her Sheraton residency.
Sharny has recorded two duo albums with iconic Australian guitarist George Golla – Velvet Jazz and Velvet Live – and an original jazz album “A Good Thing On Hold” on the ABC label.
In 2017 she released and toured “Comes a Time”, building a new fan base around the country; and the album has garnered stunning reviews. Sharny is known for her compelling originals and arrangements, joyful stage presence, wonderful intimacy with the audience, and is arguably one of Australia’s most elite scat singers.
She was on the teaching staff at Queensland Conservatorium for many years until recently, and is now principal vocal teacher at the Jazz Music Institute, located in Brisbane.She was on the teaching staff at Queensland Conservatorium for many years until recently, and is now principal vocal teacher at the Jazz Music Institute, located in Brisbane.
“…. a superior singer.” Barry O’Sullivan, Jazz Australia
“… delivers with warmth, charm and perkiness.” Nik Fotakis,Australianjazz.net
“… the very beautiful talents of Sharny Russell, who plays fabulous piano, and her singing & songs just make you smile!” Michelle Nicolle
“ … it is the magic in her voice that one remembers most. Smooth and pure….” John Morrison, drummer.
“ … the relaxed, attractive and secure vocal talents of Sharny Russell …extreme class. You know you’re in good hands.” Shane Nichols, Financial Review.
“… Sharny is unique in Australian jazz… she could be one of the world’s most important scat singers.” Eric Myers, veteran jazz critic.