Featured Artist: “To Stevie, with Love”
Saturday, February 26th 7:30pm
A very distinctive trait of New York/Boston-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris is his desire to constantly grow, evolve, improve, and advance. Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to celebrate the musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis intersecting with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric African rhythms of the Caribbean.
Among his most notable collaborations are Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Francisco Mela, Avishai Cohen, Eddie Gomez, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Eric McPherson, Ralph Peterson, Ameen Saleem, Greg Hutchinson, and Terri Lyne Carrington.
Fred Hersch talks of Harris 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.”
Both live and recorded performances reflect Harris’ determination to capture his audience through explorative interactions that Terri Lyne Carrington describes as “an exciting commitment to quality”.