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.”
One of the captivating elements of his group is the level of comfort and understanding they have with one another as they dive into passionate music conversations as well as playful exchanges. Both his live performances and his recordings reflect Harris’s determination to capture his audience through thoughtful music interactions and very complex solo sections.
Among his most recent collaborations are: Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, Peter Slavov, Francisco Mela, Avishai Cohen, Eddie Gomez, Carlos Averhoff, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, Ralph Peterson, Ralph Bowen, Jason Palmer, Jerry Bergonzi, Cecil McBee, Bob Moses, and Terri Lyne Carrington.
Harris performs at renowned national and international venues —Blue Note (NYC and Milan), Smalls, Scullers, JazzHus Montmartre, Wally's, to name a few—. His ensemble has also participated at the Jazz Festivals in Havana, Panama, Copenhagen, Lima, and Boston.