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"Harris' creative artistry is a breath of fresh air."
- Boston Phoenix

Kevin Harris Project

Featuring: Kevin Harris, piano
Max Ridley, acoustic bass
Walter Smith III, sax
Jharis Yokley, drums

In this highly anticipated Regattabar performance, Kevin Harris is presenting his most recent project, "Sphere!", a desires to explore the unparalleled artistry of one of America's most creative and original icons, Thelonious "Sphere" Monk.

Riddler of melody, architect of harmony, and master of syncopation, Thelonious Monk has been the ultimate trendsetter for Harris for years. Seeking to respect a road already paved by Monk, Harris aspires to forge new pathways of high level creativity through arrangements of Monk's music.

Joining Harris for this exciting excursion at the Regattabar is a truly courageous configuration of creative musicians: Walter Smith III, (tenor sax), Max Ridley (acoustic bass), and JK Kim (drums).

A very distinctive trait of New York/Boston-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris is his desire to constantly grow, evolve, improve, and advance. Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to celebrate the musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis intersecting with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric African rhythms of the Caribbean.

One of the captivating elements of his ensemble is the level of comfort and understanding they have with one another as they dive into soulfully expressive conversations and playful exchanges of ideas. Both live and recorded performances reflect Harris's determination to capture his audience through explorative interactions that Terri Lyne Carrington describes as "an exciting commitment to quality".

Fred Hersch talks of Harris 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."

Among his most notable collaborations are Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Francisco Mela, Avishai Cohen, Eddie Gomez, Duane Eubanks, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, Jason Palmer, Rudy Royston, Frank Lacey, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Curtis Lundy, Eric McPherson, Dayna Stephens, Ralph Peterson, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Harris thrives on a courageously playful style of communication in music. A style, in his opinions, that requires a very special and sincere habit of listening and an equally patient endeavor to express oneself enthusiastically . He hopes that his performances will always inspire the audience to walk away with a sense of joyful connectedness and community.

"Participation," he says, "is what keeps our souls alive."

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