Zacc Harris

Since moving to Minneapolis in 2005, Zacc Harris has gained a reputation as one of the area's top guitarists, leading a host of creative projects including Atlantis Quartet, winner of the 2015 McKnight Fellowship and named 2011 Best Jazz Artist by the City Pages, as well as the Zacc Harris Group, American Reverie, and Zacc Harris Trio.

Harris has toured as leader and sideman throughout the US and UK, including a 2016 run with Zacc Harris Group at London's famed Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Jazz Improv Magazine says, “Harris delivers a sound that is lucid, clear...providing rich- sounding accompaniment, and well-crafted solos” while Cadence Magazine calls some of Harris' work on Atlantis Quartet's most recent album “worthy of John McLaughlin.” MPR News states, “Harris makes his own mark on standards with enough new hooks to keep jazz alive.”

In 2012, Harris released his first album as leader, THE GARDEN, on Shifting Paradigm Records. City Pages writer Rick Mason says, “The Garden showcases Harris's compositions, which adeptly and compellingly link the past and future of jazz, and guitar work, which is consistently articulate with an enticing fluidity seemingly influenced by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny.” The American Composers Forum chose Harris for one of its three Minnesota Emerging Composers Awards in 2016, to write and record a second album with this group in 2017.

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”The Garden showcases Harris's compositions, which adeptly and compellingly link the past and future of jazz, and guitar work, which is consistently articulate with an enticing fluidity seemingly influenced by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny.” - Rick Mason, City Pages

“[Harris] has been a key part of an emerging Twin Cities sound, fused from tradition and modern exploration. Once a player who sought to emulate great artists like Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino, Harris now has a distinct voice - - even if you can still hear those influences.” - David Cazares, MPR News

“[The Garden] is no offhand affair, no jamming session

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

Minneapolis

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Zacc Harris has been teaching all levels of guitar for fifteen years. Well- versed in many genres, including jazz, funk, rock, bluegrass, R&B, folk, and blues, Harris is a diverse teacher that can really find the right way to convey what students are learning. Harris holds a BA in Music from Southern Illinois University and has taught guitar mini-courses at the University of Minnesota. There are three studios at which Harris teaches in the twin cities, located in Saint Paul, south Minneapolis, and Edina

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Discography

American Reverie

American Reverie

Shifting Paradigm Records
2017

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The Garden

The Garden

Shifting Paradigm Records
2012

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Lines In the Sand

Lines In the Sand

Zacc Harris
The Garden

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