Kevin Harris Project
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? Boston-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroads. Jazztimes magazine says “Harris possesses a spare style and gentle touch” and the Boston Globe quotes that “Harris has worked to refine the creative push and pull of a music that demands it.”
Among his most recent and upcoming collaborations are Avishai Cohen, Steve Langone, Eddie Gomez Marco Pignataro, Carlos Averhoff, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, Ralph Peterson, Ralph Bowen, Jason Palmer, Jerry Bergonzi, Cecil McBee, Bob Moses, and Terri Lyne Carrington.
Harris is currently on the faculty at Berklee College of Music where he teaches jazz piano and summer advanced theory classes and piano labs. Committed to the community and to getting youth involved in music, Kevin has also conducted local and international clinics in both public and private schools throughout the USA, Caribbean, and Europe. In 2000 Harris started five separate band programs with help from “Arts In Progress,” a Boston based arts organization. www.KevinHarrisProject.com