Barney McAll

Barney McAll


Grammy nominated pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger.

Grammy nominated pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger, Barney McAll grew up in Melbourne and moved to New York City in 1997 after being invited to join the Gary Bartz Quartet. Today he continues to tour internationally with Bartz, in addition to Fred Wesley and the JB’s, and Josh Roseman.

Barney has also performed/toured with major U.S. artists Kurt Rosenwinkel, Maceo Parker, Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Henderson and Dewey Redman, as well as leading his own ensembles. For this solo concert he draws on spiritual harmonies he learned playing in the African–American church for a decade, blended with slow meditative ambiences, in a unique and uplifting experience.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Jazz Co-operative.


McAll’s ability to craft memorable themes is matched by a feel for the atmospheric. Now established on the intensely competitive New York jazz scene, he plays here with some of the city’s leading musicians. His music is utterly contemporary, McAll demonstrating throughout that he is a talented composer as well as gifted keyboardist.

Barney McAll is a musical conjurer of the highest order.

There was a virtual absence of familiar bop riffs, extended bop harmonies or precise bop rhythms. Instead, Rosenwinkel’s pieces offered turbulent, thickly textured waves of sound, mostly produced by Barney McAll’s impassioned keyboard work.


This production is part of the following series:

Jazz at the Centre

Whether traditional jazz is up your alley or you fancy something a little more improvisatory, ambient or electric, step away from the daily grind and into the Salon to experience the sweet sounds of jazz at the Best Place to Hear.