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
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
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.