Barry Harris Trio

Barry Harris Trio

Sunday, May 4
4:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Williams Theatre
Kalamazoo

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Reserved table seating in a jazz club setting. Beverages available for purchase in the lobby.

Barry Harris belongs to a generation of jazz pianists who carried the torch of bebop into an uncertain future. While growing up in Detroit, Harris played everywhere he could find a piano attracting other musicians to him and rubbing elbows with jazz greats such as Miles Davis. His eventual move to New York placed him under the influence of legends Thelonius Monk and Coleman Hawkins among others. Over the years, Harris has developed a pianist’s touch and melodic instinct that is as unerring as his dynamic connection with the partners in his trio.

Harris is a recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be performing with long-time collaborators Ray Drummond on bass and Leroy Williams on drums.

Barry Harris

Barry Harris is an internationally renowned jazz pianist, composer, and teacher. Recipient of an honorary doctorate from Northwestern University, Harris has received the Living Jazz Legacy award from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Association and an American Jazz Masters Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, Harris received the Manhattan Borough President Award for Excellence. This award was given for recognition of his devoted public service and in honor of excellence in the field of music. He received the 1999 Mentor award for his work with youngsters at the Manhattan Country School in NYC.

Harris has devoted his life to the advancement of jazz and, in the 1980s, founded the Jazz Cultural Theatre. For the past several decades, he has been an exponent of the classic jazz style that was developed by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and Coleman Hawkins.

Joining Harris on stage will be long-time collaborators Ray Drummond, bass, and Leroy Williams, drums.

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