‘Juan Playschool’ is the first release from Shannon Barnett since she moved to Cologne, Germany in 2014 to take up a position with the renowned WDR Big Band. Upon moving to the city, she discovered an extremely healthy original jazz scene outside of the big band environment, bursting at the seams with creative and motivated musicians.
This led to the formation of her own quartet, featuring Icelandic-German tenor saxophonist Stefan Karl Schmid, bassist David Helm and drummer Fabian Arends.
Which Way Music (c) 2010
Nominated for Best Jazz Recording (ABC Limelight Magazine) and Best Jazz Album - (AIR Awards)
"Country is her first recording as a leader, and it won’t surprise anyone who has heard Barnett with any of these other bands that it confirms her reputation as an outstanding soloist. She has a big strong sound, but one that’s as capable of finesse as bluster; she has plenty of chops, and never seems to run out of ideas. Best of all, she attacks her solos with real gusto, an unbridled pleasure in the act of creating music." - Adrian Jackson, Rhythms Magazine
'A Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke' - Echoes of Swing with Shannon Barnett, Emile Parisien, Henning Gailing and Pete York (ACT Records)
'Patchwork of Time' - Tamara Lukasheva (Double Moon Records)
'Köln' - Marshall Gilkes and the WDR Big Band (WDR)
'My Personal Songbook' - Ron Carter and the WDR Big Band (WDR)
'Mooroolbark' - Barney McAll (ABC Jazz)
'Don't Feed' - Trio Feral
'Ragstretch' - Ragstretch
'Angels and Rascals' - Andrea Keller Quartet (ABC Jazz)
'Parallels/Layers' - Marc Hannaford
'Rawville' - The Bamboos (Tru Thoughts)