Allan Harris

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Last Show: Monday 15 th May 2017

Aptly described by the Miami Herald as an artist blessed with, “the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King' Cole,” Brooklyn-born, Harlem-based vocalist / guitarist / bandleader /composer Allan Harris is one of the most accomplished and exceptional jazz singers of his generation. His musical endeavours have seen him complete ten recordings as a leader, an impressive run as a featured soloist and producer of Sotheby’s three-year jazz series and many far-flung and critically-acclaimed concerts around the world, from Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, to the 2012 London Olympics.

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"One of the male jazz singers making their mark again in music, Allan Harris has a deep reassuring voice."

Ben Ratliff, New York Times

"Harris' recording appears to have been made with sheer musical expressiveness as its first consideration."

Don Heckman, LA Times

"A suave baritone crooner who's also a fine guitarist and songwriter with a yen for the blues, Allan Harris is an underappreciated master with an impressive coterie of fans, including Tony Bennett. "

-Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News

"Music critics have a hard time agreeing on the best word to describe jazz vocalist and guitarist Allan Harris—“smooth,” “versatile,” “dynamic,” “protean” are just a few samples—but they are in fervent agreement that he is one of today’s most talented jazz performers. (read more)"

GILLES PETERSON 'Artists to Watch'

Clive Davis 'Top 10 Jazz CDs of the Year'

 

The outstanding and internationally renowned vocalist, guitarist and composer Allan Harris sums up his personal perspective on music in clear and straightforward terms. “There is nothing that I have found that defines and gives credence to my place in this wild and mysterious universe than this thing called music.” Harris exemplifies that statement perfectly with his stunning new album 'Nobody’s Gonna Love You Better' (Black Bar Jukebox Redux), his eleventh album following on the heels of his highly acclaimed 2015 release Black Bar Jukebox.  

For this, Harris takes an even more eclectic approach, drawing upon the wide range of music that he heard growing up in Brooklyn, and feasting on the expansive palette of the Harlem cultural landscape. “My new album captures some of the varied sounds and feelings that have shaped my growth as an artist. I had not one style to heavily rely upon when putting these tunes together, but only my young memories of music, people and events.”'

'Nobody’s Gonna Love You Better' is a bold statement that builds upon the entire breadth of Harris’ already esteemed reputation, demonstrating his enormous versatility within the full scope of his highly creative musical vision. Swinging jazz, rich R&B, sumptuous balladry, wailing rock, rumbling blues and even a touch of playful Brazilian are all woven seamlessly into the tapestry of a musical odyssey that is all Allan Harris. With a deeply resonant baritone/tenor voice that is soulful, richly expressive and flawless in both intonation and phrasing, Harris displays a total command and fluency in every context.  

Back from the previous album are the GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Brian Bacchus and Harris’ longtime keyboard cohort Pascal Le Boeuf (on acoustic and electric pianos, and Hammond B3 organ), whose deep understanding and empathy for Harris’ music creates a marvelous sense of intimacy and shared joy of expression. Pascal is also the primary instrumental soloist and delivers in an inspired fashion throughout. Joining Pascal in the exceptional rhythm section are Russell Hall on acoustic and electric bass, Shirazette Tinnin on drums and cajón, and Freddie Bryant on both electric and classical guitar. Together, with Harris also on acoustic, electric and resonator guitar, they provide impeccably flawless support, whether driving, embellishing, shaping or enhancing the settings as ideally suited to the intent of the music. 

The delightful repertoire includes four Harris originals, a couple of American Songbook gems, a pair of jazz classics, and re-imaginations of hit songs from Jimi Hendrix, Steely Dan and Spiral Staircase. As he does with every lyric, Harris pays proper homage to those who have provided the inspiration for his own highly personal sound, specifically here to Ray Charles, Nat ‘King’ Cole and Eddie Jefferson on three individual items.

ALLAN HARRIS "JazzTimes Magazine"

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Mentored by Icons, Personalizing Black History

David R. Adler

‚ÄčHere's an enviable yet daunting circumstance:  warming up the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Downtown Manhattan before the Jack DeJohnette/Dave Holland/Jason Moran trio takes the stage.  In late August, singer and guitarist Allan Harris faced that challenge and won over the crowd with apparent ease.  Being personally mentored by Tony Bennett can have that effect (more about Bennett in a  moment).  Touring and recording steadily for over 20 years, even more so. (read more)