Born: September 5, 1979 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Bruce Harris' affinity for Jazz music began as a child listening to his grandfather play the alto sax in his family's south Bronx apartment. After viewing Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues, Bruce's intrigue with the trumpet grew and his relationship with his instrument has been star-crossed since.
The influences of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Clifford brown, and Dizzy Gillespie weighed heavily as Bruce learned the fundamentals of jazz. As a junior in high school, Bruce was honored to perform in the Essentially Ellingtonjazz band competition sharing the stage with his friend and mentor, Wynton Marsalis. Bruce fortified his studies by training his ear on the piano and by graduation he had been selected to join the National Grammy High School Jazz Band.
In 2000, Bruce added the Blue Note Jazz Scholorship to his list of achievements. His journey continued at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College studying under the guidance of Trumpet Virtuoso, Jon Faddis. In 2003, Bruce traveled to Europe as a guest soloist at the Netherlands Jazz Orchestra. He had also been privilieged to share the spotlight with Marcus Stickland, Curtis Fuller, Don Braden, Jim Rotundi, Billy Taylor, and Dave Brubeck.
Bruce completed his studies in 2004 earning a BFA in jazz performance. He continues to work tirelessly, striving for superior musicianship. In his spare time, Bruce inspires young musicians, teavhing private lessons. His eclectic tastes are evident in the variety of bands he performs with including Latin, and Blues styled groups. He can be seen reguarly performing with his Quintet, and Big Band in various clubs in New York City.