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Paul Harrison

Born: January 30, 1975    Primary Instrument: Piano

Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison Pianist, keyboard player and composer Paul Harrison was born in Manchester, England. He settled in Scotland after entering Edinburgh University on a piano scholarship, and in his final year at University he was the winner of the prestigious Tovey Memorial Prize for performance. After graduating he turned away from his classical background and through hard work and immersion became established on the Scottish Jazz scene, gaining significant admiration and respect. He has performed on radio and television, and was the winner of the Scottish regional Final of the Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition in 1998 and again in 1999, both years going on to compete as one of six British finalists in London. Paul travels widely and frequently, with many top Scottish performers as well as visiting international stars, having performed at the Cork, Montreux, and Shanghai Jazz Festivals and at the Conference of the International Association of Jazz Educators in New Orleans. In recent years Paul has been called on to play with many great international stars of mainstream and contemporary jazz, including Tommy Smith, Chris Potter, David Binney, Bobby Watson, John Hollenbeck, Jesse Davis, Joe Locke, Ulf Wakenius and Warren Vache. Paul made his first trip to New York City in 2006, where he attended a workshop led by Ornette Coleman collaborator and 1960’s jazz luminary Henry Grimes, and also had a consultation with radical pianist Vijay Iyer. Around the same time his growing interest in electronic music and free improvisation led him to form the group Trianglehead, an avant-garde brew of arresting sonics, trio interaction and acoustic exploration. They developed their music at regular jams, recordings and public concerts across the UK - their debut album Maths was awarded the maximum 4 stars in Jazzwise magazine, and the follow up Exit Strategy was chosen by Herald critic Rob Adams as his favourite Scottish Jazz CD of 2007....
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Winner, Piano, Scottish Jazz Awards (2009)
... “a highly accomplished and imaginative improviser...” (Jazzwise)

“He possesses a dazzling and fluent technique, and a comprehensive grasp of the intricacies of jazz harmony which is intelligently and imaginatively applied, whether on standards or on his own compositions.” (The Scotsman)

“Harrison's ease with different styles including ballads, big grooved salsa and gospel, gave his performance an air of authority and considerable depth... ... he seems to progress as an improviser every time he sits on a piano stool.” (The Herald)

Martin Kershaw - Hero as Riddle - (THEADCD003)
The DT6 - “Donkey Chop” - (Starla Records SRC1005)
Paul Towndrow - Newology - (Keywork Records KWRCD009) The DT6 - “Don’t Doubt Me” - (Starla Records SRC1001) Carol Kidd - Dreamsville - (LINN RECORDS AKD325 2008) Martina Almgren / Laura Macdonald Quartet – Open Book (Imogena 2008 IGCD150)
Carol Kidd - This time the dream's on me - (2007)
Trianglehead – Exit Strategy (THEADCD002 – 2007)
Trianglehead - Maths (THEADCD001 - 2005)
Freddie King - Diggin’ Deep (Kande Records 2005, KR00074) Ross Milligan - Passing Places (2005) Heather McLeod - Crossing Tides (LEOD Music, 2005)
Graeme Scott - Say Hello (2004) Karine Polwart - Fault lines (NEONCD005 - 2003)
Blair Douglas - Angels from the Ashes (Foot Stompin' Records 2003) Paul Towndrow – Colours (FMR Records, 2003) Cathie Rae – Time Out (JBS01 – 2002) Jane Butters – Nose Down (2002) Joz Tenuto Big Band – Research and Development (2002) Joz Tenuto Big Band with Ford Kiernan – Swing When Yer’ Mingin (Bagatelle Records 2001) Yush versus the Beatfreekz - The Return (Yush Recordings 2001 YUSH015)
Le Bleu - 'Out of… le BLEU' (Pickled Egg Records 2001 EGG25)
Eddie Severn - Moments in Time (Caber Music 2000 CABER016)
Salsa Celtica - The Great Scottish Latin Adventure (Greentrax 2000 G2CD7005)
Paul Harrison Trio - Nemesis (Caber Music 2000 CABER013)
Tom Jones & Cerys - Baby it's Cold Outside - Yush Remix (Gut Records 1999 CXGUT29)
Disorient - Homeward EP (Tronic Sole Music 1998 TSOLE018)

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