Born: September 18, 1967 Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3
Darren Heinrich Trio is a classic Hammond Organ combo - Organ/Guitar/Drums. The music’s emphasis is groove, with equal parts tradition and innovation. Original music by Darren forms a significant part of the bands repertoire in addition to standards and blues.
Darren Heinrich - Organ Steve Brien - Guitar Andrew Dickeson - Drums
Darren Heinrich is a versatile Sydney-based pianist & organist, who holds a 1st class Honours degree in Jazz from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he studied with Judy Bailey and Kevin Hunt. His influences incorporate the entire spectrum of the Jazz idiom, from its earliest ragtime roots to modern jazz. He regularly gigs with his own trio and freelances with a wide variety of acts both locally and abroad.
During the last several years his focus has been jazz organ music. He travelled to the US to study with Hammond master Tony Monaco, and upon return recorded a CD tribute to legendary organists Jimmy Smith and Larry Young.
Live appearances include a Jazzgroove gig with New York saxophonist Jon Gordon, taking his own trio to Wollongong Youth Jazz, Art On The Rocks and Thredbo Jazz Festival’s, playing in Dale Barlow’s quintet at Bellingen Jazz Festival and a 10-day tour to Japan with trumpeter Todd Hardy. In 2007 he was a featured artist at the Hammond Organ Summit, The Basement, Sydney.
Other performing and recording credits: Erroll Buddle, Dave Panichi, Jeremy Sawkins, Steve Brien, Rick Robertson (DIG), James Valentine, Adrian Cunningham, Todd Hardy Quartet, Jo Fabro, Ray Beadle & the Vipers, Marcia Hines, Steve Prestwich (Cold Chisel), Blaine Whittaker.
Awards: Darren is a recipient of the Jacek Chrostowski Encouragement Award for Jazz Piano and was Runner-up in the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s Young Composers Competition. In December 2008, Australian website Jazz and Beyond named him Artist of the Month.
“sinuous rivers of sound” - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.
A strong command of Larry Young’s approach to the organ. - Pat Bianchi.
“One of the hottest upcoming names in the Jazz organ scene.” - Tony Monaco.
Darren is a thoughtful and tasteful soloist - Mike Nock.
great keyboard work from Darren - DVD Plaza.
Organ, Hammond B3
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students