As guitarist, composer and vocalist, Washington D.C. native Joel Harrison resists categorization: jazz, African and Indian, contemporary classical, blues and rock all have a place in his unique approach. Remarking on his eclectic approach All About Jazz concluded that “Harrison’s ability to integrate renders irrelevant the identification of his sources in compositions that range from edgy angularity to sheer beauty…he dispenses with boundaries and creates his own mélange that’s as timeless as it is thoroughly modern.
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To underscore the sense of loss moving into something affirming, the suite closes with a memorial to
an old friend of Harrison’s. In loss, he has learned to celebrate life, no matter how briefly it shines.
Harrison wails a euology and the piece explodes in a frenzy of invention. His friend is alive in the music
and all the players take part in the joyous wake. Never for a minute is the loss forgotten but the music
offers promise and hope. What more can we expect? — Donald Elfman, All About Jazz
“Guitarist, composer and occasional vocalist, Joel Harrison, never ceases to surprise me with the
amount and diversity of projects that he is involved in
Willing to teach
I have taught for many years all over
composition, guitar, arranging, songwriting
$75 to $100 an hour
I enjoy doing clinics in jazz pedagogy, composition, overall musicianship, guitar, incorporating many
different streams of music into a singular voice, etc.