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Donald Harrison

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: June 23, 1960    

Donald Harrison is being called one of the most important musicians of the new millennium by CBS Sunday Morning. A list of his accomplishments shows that he has developed into a musical category unto himself. In the classic jazz genre, he is the originator of the Nouveau Swing style which merges acoustic swing with modern R&B, second-line, hip-hop, Mardi Gras Indian music (New Orleans African American roots culture), and reggae rhythms. His smooth jazz recording, The Power of Cool, went to the top of Billboard Magazine’s Smooth Jazz and R&B charts and is considered a classic. His ground- breaking recording, “Indian Blues”captured the essence of Mardi Gras Indian culture within a jazz context. His latest New Orleans recording, “The New Sounds of Mardi Gras,” updates New Orleans music. It puts the sounds of Mardi Gras into Hip-hop, R&B, and Funk. It also marks Harrison’s debut as a rapper. The great singer-pianist Dr. John says of the recording, “This is the freshest thing to come out of New Orleans in years. You deserve an award for this one.” Harrison’s newest Classic Jazz recording, Heroes, is now available. The CD is a trio recording with the great bass innovator Ron Carter

Ron Carter
Ron Carter
b.1937
bass
and drum innovator Billy Cobham
Billy Cobham
Billy Cobham
b.1944
drums
. The CD also features three bonus tracks with his young working band. In April he released “Freestyle” with his young working band. It showcases his Nouveau Swing in an even funkier presentation. In September Half-Note Records will release his second trio recording with Ron Carter and Billy Cobham which was recorded live at the Blue Note NYC. Presently, Harrison is recording yet another CD titled, 3D. The recording is a three CD set which features a different genre of music on each disc. The genres are Classic Jazz, R&B- Smooth Jazz, and Hip-hop. This exciting project will showcase Harrison’s ability to produce, write, sing, rap, and play many instruments....
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Awards



2007 Jazziz Magazine Person of the Year

2007 Arts Council of New Orleans Community Arts Award Recipient

2008 Big Easy Music Awards Ambassador of Music


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    This Is Jazz

    Half Note Records
    2011
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    The Chosen

    nagel heyer records
    2009
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    The Survivor

    nagel heyer records
    2007
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    Free Style

    nagel heyer records
    2005
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    Free Style

    nagel heyer records
    2004
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    Heroes

    nagel heyer records
    2004
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    Real Life Stories


    2002
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Featured recording “This Is Jazz”

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This Is Jazz

Half Note Records (2011)

“Donald Harrison is one of the most confident and convincing improvisers in jazz today.” —All About Jazz

“The satisfied audience’s screaming ovation says it all.” —All About Jazz

“...one of the best jazz sax men playing today.” —Smoothjazz.com

“...alto saxophonist Harrison has become a seasoned veteran and respected bandleader-talent scout...” —JazzTimes

“...altoist’s creativity is commanding.” —All About Jazz

Donald Harrison is an International Woodwind Artist
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