"Kevin Harris has a very special talent. His writing is interesting and challenging, with a sense of originality and commitment to quality."
- Terri Lyne Carrington
Kevin Harris Project
Featuring: Kevin Harris, Piano
Frank Lacy, Trombone
Jason Palmer, Trumpet
Edward Perez, Bass
Steve Langone, Drums
In a very special follow-up concert to his most recent album, "Museum Vol. 1" that Downbeat Magazine describes as “overall smart, lyrical, and fascinating”, New York based pianist Kevin Harris will present new “music exhibits” inspired by his continuous exploration of both visual and poetic art forms.
An exceptional set of musicians from Boston and New York, Frank Lacy, Jason Palmer, Edward Perez, and Steve Langone, will accompany Harris on this latest project.
Most recently Harris has been present on the national and international scene alongside Greg Osby, Francisco Mela, Avishai Cohen, Eddie Gomez, Jerry Bergonzi, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tommy Campbell, and Bill Pierce.
Strongly believing that communication is what we thrive off as human beings, Harris promises that these new "exhibits” will capture, once again, the attention of his audience’s soul.
KEVIN HARRIS BIO:
When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk, Danilo Perez, and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs at that intersection? Boston/New York-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroad.
Fred Hersch talks of Kevin as one who “plays and writes with flair and real soul" and Downbeat Magazine writes that “Harris' compositions deal with themes of strength, love, courage, and self awareness. It's a heavy task he's set up for himself, and he meets the challenge gracefully.”
One of the captivating elements of his group is the level of comfort and understanding they have with one another as they dive into passionate music conversations as well as playful exchanges. Both his live performances and his recordings reflect Harris’s determination to capture his audience through thoughtful music interactions and very complex solo sections.
Among his most recent collaborations are: Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, Peter Slavov, Francisco Mela, Avishai Cohen, Eddie Gomez, Carlos Averhoff, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, Ralph Peterson, Ralph Bowen, Jason Palmer, Jerry Bergonzi, Cecil McBee, Bob Moses, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tommy Campbell, and Bill Pierce.
Harris performs at renowned national and international venues --Blue Note (NYC and Milan), Smalls, Scullers, JazzHus Montmartre, Wally's, to name a few--.
His ensemble has also participated at the Jazz Festivals in Havana, Panama, Copenhagen, Lima, and Boston.