Barry Harris Residency April 7 through 10

April 1, 2015
Barry Harris

Internationally renowned jazz pianist, composer and teacher BARRY HARRIS will be at the Brown University Department of Music for a four day residency. Events include Jazz Workshops, Drop-In Hours with Barry Harris, a Jazz Jam, and a Jazz Transcription and Analysis class. The residency concludes with the Barry Harris Trio performing with the Brown University Jazz Band and the Brown University Chorus for the 17th Annual Daniel Milano '93 Memorial Jazz Band Concert.

Barry Harris is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Northwestern University. He 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, he 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.

Dr. Harris has devoted his life to the advancement of Jazz and in the 1980’s 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. He receives frequent requests to appear as a guest lecturer by Universities and various musical venues all over the world. His lectures and interactive instrument and vocal workshops focus on the complete aspects of music including improvisation, harmonic movement and theory. His schedule includes lectures in the United States, Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Japan.

When he is not travelling, Dr. Harris holds weekly music workshop sessions in New York City for vocalists, students of piano other instruments.


All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday - April 7th

Piano Workshop
3-5pm Fulton Rehearsal Hall
To kick off Harris' residency, piano students will receive an introduction to his unique and synthetic approach to chording based on his extensive study of the music of Bud Powell, Frederic Chopin, and others. Open to all.

A Conversation in Jazz
7–8pm Grant Recital Hall
Alex Stein, doctoral candidate in Ethnomusicology, will lead a conversation with Barry Harris focusing on post-war trends in jazz performance and culture as well as Harris's unique approach to pedagogy.

 Jazz Workshop with Barry Harris
8–9:30pm Fulton Rehearsal Hall
Paul Mason Combo


Wednesday, April 8th

Drop-In Hours with Barry Harris
All are welcome - no signup required.
10am-12noon Grant Recital Hall

Jazz Workshops with Barry Harris
2–3:30pm Fulton Rehearsal Hall
4–5:30pm Fulton Rehearsal Hall
Ron Sanfilippo Combos

Jazz Jam with Barry Harris
9–11:30pm Fulton Rehearsal Hall 


Thursday 9 April

Jazz Transcription & Analysis Class with Barry Harris
Noon–2:30pm Fulton Rehearsal Hall
Ed Tomassi, professor

Drop In Hours with Barry Harris
All are welcome - no signup required.
4–6pm Grant Recital Hall

The Brown Jazz Band Rehearsal with Barry Harris
6:15–8:30pm Fulton Rehearsal Hall
Matthew McGarrell, director


Friday 10 April

Drop In Hours with Barry Harris
All are welcome - no signup required.
10am–noon Grant Recital Hall

 Jazz Workshops with Barry Harris
3–4:30pm Fulton Rehearsal Hall
Dave Zinno combo

The 17th Annual Daniel Milano ’93 Memorial Concert
The Barry Harris Trio

Barry Harris, piano
Ray Drummond, bass
Leroy Williams, drums
The Brown Jazz Band

Matthew McGarrell, director
The Brown University Chorus

8pm Salomon Hall


All events sponsored by The Brown University Department of Music, The Visiting Artist Musician Fund and The Daniel Milano ’93 Memorial Jazz Concert Fund