Glenn Henrich

From the CD "Vibes"

Glenn began performing professionally while still in High School in the US, and performed with his teacher's dance band, The Varsity Six, on the vibraphone in 1966. His performance experience includes recordings and broadcasts for the ABC in Adelaide and Sydney in orchestral, light music, music education and jazz settings including national radio and television broadcasts with his own quartet, with James Morrison and Roger Frampton.

Glenn has arranged music for the Mike Kenny Orchestra and acted as jazz woodwind soloist. He has performed as lead alto sax for big bands led by Ricky May and Billy Burton and has led the Glenn Henrich Quartet in club appearances, jazz concerts, recordings and workshop performances, since 1976. His quartet received an ensemble development grant in 1981 from the Music Board of the Australia Council. Glenn’s jazz group has had the pleasure of participating in performances by visiting celebrities, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Art Pepper, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, and the contemporary groups; Oregon - led by Ralph Towner, and Colours - led by Eberhardt Weber. Highlights include the Adelaide Grand Prix concert season, Gold Coast International Jazz Festival Performances,Sanctuary Cove opening concert (with Frank Sinatra), the Monterey Down Under Concert Tour,and the Sydney Opera House Philip Morris Superlights Concert all with James Morrison's Quintet (the last also with Big Band).

ABC recordings of Morrison Brothers' Big Bad Band-A Night in Tunisia-L38282, and Live at the Winery-L38265 also featured Glenn on vibes and flute solos. He has performed at the Adelaide and Perth Festivals with the James Morrison Quintet augmented by Don Burrows and Kate Ceberano (national telecast). This Quintet with Don Burrows also toured to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in February and made a European tour April - June. Their performance at the Bern International Jazz Festival (Switzerland) was telecast throughout Europe. At this leading festival Glenn had the unique opportunity to meet, hear and jam with some of the 'greats' of jazz including Wynton Marsalis, Gerry Mulligan, Max Roach,Bob Wilbur and Kenny Daverne. Glenn has also toured extensively with this Quintet in Australia playing in city and country centres. Glenn has also enjoyed performing and recording for ABC radio with Judy Bailey's group, Sentimental Journey and Tom Baker's Swing Street Orchestra. His quartet has performed in the Thredbo Jazz Weekend and as a jazz-latin quartet. Glenn has made time for special jazz concert appearances with pianist Mike Bartolomei supporting James Moody (visiting American saxophonist) and has joined with other expatriate American musicians, Larry Muhoberak (piano) and Ed Gaston(bass)to perform with U.S. musician, baritone saxophonist, Gary Smulyan.

Glenn co-led Vibes Summit/Vibemania performances with Daryl Pratt and Judy Bailey's trio for Jazz Action Society, NSW and the Southern Cross Club, Canberra playing vibes, marimba, flute, piccolo, clarinet and alto sax. He has more recently performed with Galapagos Duck, Janet Seidel, and Simplicious Cheong (Uni NSW). Glenn is currently a member of The Glenn Henrich Trio, Quartet & Latin 5or6, The Catherine Hunter Quartet, Big Spin, an 8 piece, the Jim Pennell Trio, the Andrew Firth Quartet and Monica Trapaga's Cool Group. Glenn has also been a featured jazz soloist on flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxes with Kinderjazz (10 piece swing band), and most of these horns+vibes with the late Don Harper's string group, Constellation. Glenn also recorded with Sydney jazz group Monica and the Moochers in ‘92, as Bass clarinet soloist.

Glenn also recorded with Tom Baker and Janet Seidel as vibes soloist in ‘93,and on vibes, saxes and clarinet with George Washingmachine and Ian Date's Acid Trad. Glenn recorded saxes, flutes and bass clarinet with Galapagos Duck for their 1995 CD, Lonely George. In 1998 Glenn recorded on vibraphone for new CD's by James Morrison (Three Minds) and Catherine Hunter (Seam). Following the release of his new CD Glenn Henrich-Vibes, Glenn plans to be making more moves as leader on the concert, festival and club scene.


“There is something intrinsically summery about this: gin and tonic in a deck-chair, a gentle breeze and the sound of Glenn Henrich's vibraphone cooling and warming by turns” -John Shand Sydney Morning Herald

“There is nothing experimental about the music, just fine musicianship and the mellifluous sounds of vibraphone, guitar and bass playing good tunes” -Jim McLeod, in 24 Hours ABC Guide Magazine, April 2000

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