Primary Instrument: Piano
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? 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.”...
New York-based pianist Kevin Harris (...) deals 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. �DownBeat Magazine
Kevin Harris has a very special talent. His writing is interesting and challenging, with a sense of originality and commitment to quality. I so enjoy listening to and playing with Kevin. Makes me know that jazz is alive, well and in good hands... AND that new music can be great, with solid respect for what has come before, while strongly forging ahead into the future. Very exciting! Thank you Kevin...” —Terri Lyne Carrington
“I enjoyed a rather contemporary approach which seemingly contrasts most younger exploits of today’s creative concepts. Your musical thoughts most certainly should be experienced by a much larger audience who would be in search for something different.” �Cecil McBee
“Harris’ creative artistry is a breath of fresh air” � Boston Phoenix
“Kevin is a brilliant improviser in which every rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic phrase he plays is cohesive and logically developed. Most importantly, his playing is consistently soulful and in the pocket. In my opinion, Kevin will be a significant voice in the world of jazz piano for the new millennium. I'm proud to share the bandstand with him.” �Andrew Hayward Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra and SF Jazz Collective
“Harris tiptoes and pirouettes across a relaxed set of ballads and lightly soulful grooves, he possesses a spare style and a gentle touch” �Jazz Times Magazine
“Harris is known to be a “dialectic” improviser, that is, he enjoys conversating through his music with the audience while he creates on the white and black keys” �Corriere della Sera (Milan, Italy)
Harris is one of the emerging names in the jazz scene of the millennium… someone to keep an eye on! �La Repubblica (Rome, Italy)
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New York, NY