Rod Harris Jr Rod Harris Jr

Rod Harris Jr. is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. Rod was exposed to music at a young age by his singer/songwriter father. When Rod was 14, his father decided to relocate the family to Atlanta, GA. On his 17th birthday, his father gave him $150 dollars, and he decided to take the money and purchase an acoustic guitar. “...I don't know what provoked me to get a guitar...It had to be God...because I could've partied that money away...quickly..” he says. Once he began learning the instrument he fell in love with it and was determined to be a great player. “ ...I think my senior year, my classmates thought I was crazy...I didn't party...I literally locked myself in my room and practiced for hours...”he says. After graduating and just a year of studying guitar, he applied for the Georgia State University School of Music, and was accepted.

It was at Georgia State University where his musical journey began. “...My early college years were pretty influential for me...it put alot into perspective for me...I was really naive...” he adds. Rod credits much of his musical growth during these years to two local Atlanta horn players (Lester Walker and Clyde Jones (deceased) ). “...These two cats were ridiculous...”. Also during his freshman year in college Rod performed in the prestigious Atlanta Jazz Festival and also the following year. During these years Rod began to enlist in many local bands not just jazz music but soul and gospel bands. “...I used to wonder if I would ever graduate...the music was takin' over...other stuff was becoming secondary...there were many times I would skip class to go to the practice rooms...”. But Rod did graduate with surprisingly a B.B.A in Management and a Minor degree in Music. “...me and my dad used to get in real heated arguments about me pursuing a degree in music performance...he would also say that I don't need a degree to play music...” “...guess he was right to some degree...”

Read more

Tags

Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

Atlanta

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Albums by Rod Harris Jr

Watch

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.