James Austin Jr. on The Cunningham Piano Show Podcast

The Cunningham Piano Show Podcast is thrilled to announce a special live performance by the exceptional jazz pianist and master, James Austin Jr. On Sunday, June 23 at 3 PM, James Austin Jr. and his trio will grace the Cherry Hill Showroom with their extraordinary musical talents, offering an afternoon of rich, soulful jazz.

A Journey Through Jazz with James Austin Jr.

James Austin Jr. is not just a pianist; he is a beacon of the bebop tradition. His musical journey is a testament to his dedication and passion for jazz. Having been a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and studying extensively with the legendary Dr. Barry Harris, James has honed a style that is both deeply rooted in tradition and refreshingly innovative.

In our recent podcast episode, James shared insights into his musical philosophy and experiences. One highlight of our conversation was his exploration of Stevie Wonder's music. His debut album, "Songs in the Key of Wonder," features his unique jazz arrangements of Stevie Wonder's timeless classics. This album has been celebrated worldwide, and his rendition of "My Cherie Amour" is a fan favorite.

The Influence of Barry Harris

James Austin Jr.'s music is heavily influenced by the bebop tradition, thanks in large part to his mentor, Dr. Barry Harris. Harris, a giant in jazz education, instilled in James the importance of improvisation, melody, and rhythm. James is now the head of the Barry Harris Institute of Jazz, continuing the legacy of his mentor by nurturing the next generation of jazz musicians.

In the podcast, James spoke fondly of Barry Harris's teachings, emphasizing that Harris's approach to jazz was both comprehensive and accessible. This influence is evident in James's performances, where he blends the bebop style with contemporary elements, creating a sound that is both sophisticated and enjoyable.

What to Expect at the Cherry Hill Showroom

At the upcoming show, attendees can look forward to a dynamic mix of jazz standards, Stevie Wonder classics, and original compositions. James's trio promises to deliver a performance that is not only musically impressive but also emotionally resonant. From the intricate rhythms to the soulful melodies, every note will reflect James's deep connection to the music and his audience.

Join Us for an Unforgettable Afternoon

Don't miss this opportunity to experience James Austin Jr. live at Cunningham Piano's Cherry Hill Showroom. Whether you're a long-time jazz enthusiast or new to the genre, this concert will offer a delightful and inspiring musical journey.

For more information about James Austin Jr. and his upcoming projects, visit his official website .

Mark your calendars and join us for an afternoon of exceptional jazz with James Austin Jr. We look forward to seeing you there!

Here are the details:

  • Date: Sunday, June 23rd
  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Location: Cunningham Piano Company Cherry Hill Showroom, 1724 Marlton Pike, East Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
  • Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students (credit card sales by phone at 856-651-7596 option 1 or cash at the door)

For more information, please visit the Cunningham Piano Company website or call 856-651-7596.