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Wendell Harrison

Born: October 1, 1942    Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Wendell Harrison

Detroit-based jazz musician Wendell Harrison is a recording artist, performer, teacher, author and entrepreneur. His fame as a clarinetist and saxophonist has spread throughout the United States, Africa, The Caribbean, Middle East, and Europe. His instruction book, the Be Boppers Method Book I with accompanying CD and the Be Boppers Method Book II with CD, is an essential aid for young musicians. Currently, Wendell has been touring the USA performing concerts and conducting workshops.

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“That noble wooden instrument, the clarinet has a few heroes these days. Buddy DeFranco, Eddie Daniels, Alvin Batiste, the late John Carter, and Don Byron are integrating it into the contemporary language of improvised music., Add to that list Detroiter Wendell Harrison.” Michael G. Nastos - DOWNBEAT

“Wendell Harrison's RUSH & HUSTLE is something new under the sun.” Thomas Conrad - DOWNBEAT

“Wendell Harrison is a composer , author, and educator as well as a skilled and versatile woodwind player.” Tom Jacobson - JAZZ TIMES

“Since the swing era, there have been precious few clarinetists in jazz generally, and particularly among those embracing the styles of the post-bop period. John Carter, Perry Robinson, and Alvin Batiste, yes, but who else? Wendell Harrison for one”. Bart Grooms - OPTION

“Although he's a fluent saxophonist, the striking element of Harrison's talent is his mastery of the clarinet. Eddie Daniels and Buddy DeFranco are probably the most appropriate comparisons.” Paul Baker - THE JAZZ JOURNAL LOS ANGELES

About the Be Boppers Method Book . . .

“This improvisation text by Detroit saxophonist Wendell Harrison reflects the long but rarely known tradition of jazz education in that city, with pianist Barry Harris its major proponent.” David Dempsy - New Saxophone Publications

An Evening with the Devil (Tribe Records, 1972) A Message From the Tribe with Phil Ranelin (Tribe, 1973) Dreams of a Love Supreme (Rebirth Records, 1979) Organic Dream (Rebirth, 1981) Birth of a Fossil (Rebirth, 1985) Reawakening (Rebirth, 1985) Wait Broke the Wagon Down (Rebirth, 1987) The Carnivorous Lady (Rebirth, 1988) Fly by Night (WenHa, 1990) Forever Duke (Wen-Ha, 1991) Live in Concert (WenHa, 1992) Something For Pops with Harold McKinney (Wenha, 1993) Rush & Hustle (WenHa/Enja, 1994) The Battle of the Tenors (WenHa/Enja, 1998) Eighth House: Riding with Pluto (Entropy Records, 2002) Urban Expressions (WenHa, 2004) It's About Damn Time (Rebirth, 2011)

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