At home in New York City, guitarist Sean Harkness recently garnered the Outstanding Instrumentalist of 2011 Backstage Bistro Award, as well as two nominations for MAC Awards; one for his New York Debut solo shows, and another for Musical Director.
Along with numerous compilations, TV, and film soundtracks, Mr. Harkness now has five commercial releases as an artist:* Aloft [Windham Hill] -1999 * Trio Of One [independent release] -2001 * Urakaji solo guitar [Rinken Records, Japan, USA] -2004 * Harkness Knight w/saxman Eric Knight and great drummers -2009 * and brand new: H2 Flights: Volume One w/fab Canadian trumpeter Mike Herriott on Canadian Brass' label ODEG -2011
Mr. Harkness is a first-call guitarist who compliments an exhaustive client list of artists, instrumentalists, Broadway productions, and corporations nationally and internationally. He is the go-to guitarist for duets and ensemble work with singers from Broadway and television such as Alison Fraser, Susan Egan and Carole Demas.
Sean has appeared as an artist and sideman extensively in New YorkÕs finest jazz venues including the Blue Note, Smoke, SmallÕs, the Jazz Standard, Birdland, Iridium, FeinsteinÕs, Edison Ballroom, MileÕs Cafˇ, the Metropolitan Room, St. NickÕs, and Top Of The Rock at Rockefeller Center.
Mr. Harkness also appears regularly in any of New YorkÕs folk and rock singer/songwriter clubs such as the Bitter End, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, the Living Room, Bowery Poetry Club, P&G, and Shrine.
Sean was the guitarist in Contemporary Jewish icon Debbie FriedmanÕs band until her untimely passing in 2011. He continues to perform regularly with Craig Taubman and Josh Nelson in major congregations nationally.
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Sean HarknessÕ first guitar arrived on his eleventh birthday. Within six months, he had a weekly theater engagement in Bridgeport, CT. High School bands, studies with Stan Kenton BandÕs guitarist Sal Salvador, Berklee College of Music, ŌbuskingÕ in Europe, VermontÕs Green Mountains, 5 years assisting master guitar builder Chip Wilson, extensive world travel, and NYCÕs vast music scene have all contributed to forming the seasoned professional Sean is today.
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