The 2004 New York Nightlife Award Winner For 'Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist 10/15/2007 2:00:53 PM - Amidst a serious shortage of great male jazz singers, Allan Harris is a blessing. With a rich velvety voice and a dynamic stage manner, Harris’ voice and demeanor project the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King' Cole. Delivering a repertoire of familiar and beloved standards, Harris’ romantically appealing voice reaches out with the heartbreaking depth that caresses a song, giving each it’s fullest respect by combining the best of the past with his unique gifts to create something fresh and distinctive. Besides having total vocal control, Harris is also a superb musician with a natural ear, and the ability to accompany himself on the guitar while retaining his hallmark pinpoint vocal accuracy and incredibly clear diction without affectation. Now, with his new project, “Cross That River,” Allan Harris displays his gift for song writing and story telling. “Cross That River” is the first recording in what will be a trilogy telling the amazing story of the Black West. With this new project, Harris shows with conviction, that not only does he have something to bring to the world of jazz, but that he is one of the leading male singer/songwriters of his generation.
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Mr. Harris... a supremely relaxed and tasteful crooner in the Nat King Cole tradition. —nytimes.com
Harris is a velvet-voiced jazz singer, with a savvy manner and music in his veins. (Press materials tell us that no less than Louis Armstrong babysat him when Harris was a child.) —variety.com
One of the best male jazz vocalists of his genre. — Ben Ratliff
Wow! What an incredible CD this is. If you are unfamiliar with Allan Harris as I was, get a hold of this CD and introduce yourself to a wonderful jazz singer and a jewel of an album. — Edward Blanco