Kevin Harris

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.

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“Kevin Harris plays and writes with flair and real soul” �”Fred Hersch

“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

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Primary Instrument

Piano

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Discography

Bird Interpretations

Bird Interpretations

Kevin Harris Project
2015

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Museum Vo. 1

Point of Departure, WMPG-FM
2013

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Museum Vol. 1

Museum Vol. 1

Kevin Harris Project
2013

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Chapters

Chapters

Kevin Harris Project
2010

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Freedom Doxology

Freedom Doxology

Kevin Harris Project
2009

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Butterfly Chronicles

Butterfly Chronicles

Kevin Harris Project
2008

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