|Birth name||Barry Doyle Harris|
|Born||December 15, 1929|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Musician, bandleader, composer, teacher|
|Labels||Prestige, Riverside, Xanadu|
|Associated acts||Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Max Roach, Yusef Lateef, Ryo Fukui|
He was born in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Harris began learning the piano at the age of four. His mother, a church pianist, asked him if he was interested in playing church music or jazz. Having picked the latter, he was influenced by Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell. In his teens, he learned bebop largely by ear, imitating solos by Powell. He claimed Powell's style was the "epitome" of jazz. He performed for dances in clubs and ballrooms. He was based in Detroit through the 1950s and worked with Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, and Thad Jones, and substituted for Junior Mance in the Gene Ammons band. In 1956, he toured briefly with Max Roach, after Richie Powell, the band's pianist and younger brother of Bud Powell, died in a car crash.
Harris performed with Cannonball Adderley's quintet and on television with them. After moving to New York City, he worked as an educator and performed with Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet, Yusef Lateef and Hank Mobley. Between 1965 and 1969, he worked extensively with Coleman Hawkins at the Village Vanguard.
During the 1970s, Harris lived with Monk at the Weehawken, New Jersey home of the jazz patron Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter. He substituted for Monk in rehearsals at the New York Jazz Repertory Company in 1974.
In Japan, he performed at the Yubin Chokin concert hall in Tokyo over two days, and his performances were recorded and compiled into an album released by Xanadu Records. Between 1982 and 1987, he led the Jazz Cultural Workshop on 8th Avenue in New York.
Since the 1990s, Harris has collaborated with Howard Rees on videos and workbooks documenting his harmonic and improvisational systems and teaching process. He has held music workshop sessions in New York City for vocalists, students of piano and other instruments.
Harris appeared in the 1989 documentary film, Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (produced by Clint Eastwood), performing duets with Tommy Flanagan. In 2000, he was profiled in the film Barry Harris - Spirit of Bebop.
Jazz Cultural Theater
Larry Ridley, Barry Harris, Jim Harrison, and Frank Fuentes were partners in creating the Jazz Cultural Theater beginning 1982. Located at 368 Eighth Avenue in New York City in a storefront between 28th and 29th Streets in Manhattan, it was primarily a performance venue featuring prominent jazz artists and also hosted jam sessions. Additionally, it was known for Barry's music classes for vocalists and instrumentalists, each taught in separate sessions. Several artists recorded albums at the club, including Barry on his For the Moment. Some of the many musicians and notable jazz figures who appeared at the Jazz Cultural Theater were bassist Larry Ridley, guitarist Ted Dunbar, pianist Jack Wilson, trumpeter Bill Hardman, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, trumpeter Tommy Turrentine, alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, pianist Mickey Tucker, guitarist Peter Leitch, tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, guitarist Mark Elf, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, drummer Leroy Williams, drummer Vernel Fournier, bassist Hal Dotson, bassist Jamil Nasser, pianist Chris Anderson, pianist Walter Davis, Jr., pianist Michael Weiss, tap dancers Lon Chaney and Jimmy Slyde, Francis Paudras (biographer of pianist Bud Powell), and the renowned jazz patroness Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter, who would park her silver Bentley sedan in front of the club.
Awards and honors
- 2000 American Jazz Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievements & Contributions to the World of Jazz
- 1998 Lifetime Achievements Award for Contributions to the Music World from the National Association of Negro Musicians
- 1998 Congratulatory Letter as a Jazz Musician and Educator by the U.S. White House
- 1997 Dizzy Gillespie Achievement Award
- 1997 Recognition of Excellence in Jazz Music and Education
- 1995 Doctor of Arts - Honorary Degree by Northwestern University
- 1995 Presidential Award, Recognition of Dedication and Commitment to the Pursuance of Artistic Excellence in Jazz Performance and Education
- 1995 Honorary Jazz Award by the House of Representatives
- 1989 NEA Jazz Master
|1958||Breakin' It Up||Argo||Trio, with William Austin (bass), Frank Gant (drums)|
|1960||Barry Harris at the Jazz Workshop||Riverside||Trio, with Sam Jones (bass), Louis Hayes (drums); in concert|
|1960||Listen to Barry Harris||Riverside||Solo piano|
|1960–61||Preminado||Riverside||One track solo piano; other tracks trio, with Joe Benjamin (bass), Elvin Jones (drums)|
|1961||Newer Than New||Riverside||Quintet, with Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet), Charles McPherson (alto sax), Ernie Farrow (bass), Clifford Jarvis (drums)|
|1962||Chasin' the Bird||Riverside||Trio, with Bob Cranshaw, (bass), Clifford Jarvis (drums)|
|1967||Luminescence!||Prestige||Sextet, with Slide Hampton (trombone), Junior Cook (tenor sax), Pepper Adams (baritone sax), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Lenny McBrowne (drums)|
|1968||Bull's Eye!||Prestige||Some tracks trio, with Paul Chambers (bass), Billy Higgins (drums); some tracks quintet, with Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Charles McPherson (tenor sax), Pepper Adams (baritone sax) added|
|1969||Magnificent!||Prestige||Trio, with Ron Carter (bass), Leroy Williams (drums)|
|1972||Vicissitudes||MPS||Trio, with George Duvivier (bass), Leroy Williams (drums)|
|1975||Barry Harris Plays Tadd Dameron||Xanadu||Trio, with Gene Taylor (bass), Leroy Williams (drums)|
|1976||Live in Tokyo||Xanadu||Trio, with Sam Jones (bass), Leroy Williams (drums); in concert|
|1978||Barry Harris Plays Barry Harris||Xanadu||Trio, with George Duvivier (bass), Leroy Williams (drums)|
|1979||The Bird of Red and Gold||Xanadu||Solo piano; Harris also sings on one track|
|1984||For the Moment||Uptown||Trio, with Rufus Reid (bass), Leroy Williams (drums); in concert|
|1990||Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Twelve||Concord||Solo piano|
|1991||Confirmation||Candid||Quartet, with Kenny Barron (piano), Ray Drummond (bass), Ben Riley (drums); in concert|
|1991||Barry Harris in Spain||Nuba||Trio, with Chuck Israels (bass), Leroy Williams (drums); in concert|
|1995||Live at "Dug"||Enja||Trio, with Kunimitsu Inaba (bass), Fumio Watanabe (drums); in concert|
|1996||First Time Ever||Alfa Jazz||Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Leroy Williams (drums)|
|1998||I'm Old Fashioned||Alfa Jazz||Most tracks trio, with George Mraz (bass), Leroy Williams (drums); two tracks with Barry Harris Family Chorus (vocals) added|
|2000||The Last Time I Saw Paris||Venus||Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Leroy Williams (drums)|
|2002||Live in New York||Reservoir||Quintet, with Charles Davis (tenor sax), Roni Ben-Hur (guitar), Paul West (bass), Leroy Williams (drums); in concert|
|2004||Live from New York!, Vol. One||Lineage||Trio, with John Webber (bass), Leroy Williams (drums)|
|2009||Live in Rennes||Plus Loin||Trio, with Mathias Allamane (bass), Philippe Soirat (drums); in concert|
With Cannonball Adderley
- Them Dirty Blues (Riverside, 1960)
With Joshua Breakstone
- Wonderful! (Sonora, 1984)
With Charlie Byrd
- Blues Sonata (Riverside, 1961)
With Donald Byrd
- Byrd Jazz (Transition, 1955) - also released as First Flight (Delmark)
With Al Cohn
With Sonny Criss
- Saturday Morning (Xanadu, 1975)
- 2 Trumpets (Prestige, 1956)
With Dan Faulk
- Focusing In (Criss Cross Jazz, 1992)
With Terry Gibbs
- Bopstacle Course (Xanadu, 1974)
With Benny Golson
- The Other Side of Benny Golson (Riverside, 1958)
With Dexter Gordon
- Clubhouse (Blue Note, 1965 - released 1979)
- Gettin' Around (Blue Note, 1965)
- The Tower of Power! (Prestige, 1969)
- More Power! (Prestige, 1969)
- True Blue with Al Cohn (Xanadu, 1976)
- Silver Blue with Al Cohn (Xanadu, 1976)
- Biting the Apple (SteepleChase, 1976)
With Johnny Griffin
With Coleman Hawkins
With Louis Hayes
- Louis Hayes (Vee-Jay, 1960)
With Jimmy Heath
- Picture of Heath (Xanadu, 1975)
With Buck Hill
With Illinois Jacquet
- Bottoms Up (Prestige, 1968)
With Eddie Jefferson
- Body and Soul (Prestige, 1968)
With Carmell Jones
- Jay Hawk Talk (Prestige, 1965)
With Thad Jones
With Sam Jones
With Clifford Jordan
- Repetition (Soul Note, 1984)
With Lee Konitz
- Lullaby of Birdland (Candid, 1991 )
With Harold Land
With Yusef Lateef
With Warne Marsh
- Back Home (Criss Cross Jazz, 1986)
With Earl May
- Swinging the Blues (Arbors, 2005)
With Charles McPherson
- Bebop Revisited! (Prestige, 1964)
- Con Alma! (Prestige, 1965)
- The Quintet/Live! (Prestige, 1966)
- McPherson's Mood (Prestige, 1969)
- Charles McPherson (Mainstream, 1971)
- Siku Ya Bibi (Day of the Lady) (Mainstream, 1972)
- Today's Man (Mainstream, 1973)
- Live in Tokyo (Xanadu, 1976)
With Billy Mitchell
- The Colossus of Detroit (Xanadu, 1978)
With Hank Mobley
With James Moody
- Don't Look Away Now! (Prestige, 1969)
With Frank Morgan
- You Must Believe in Spring (Antilles, 1992)
With Lee Morgan
With Sal Nistico
- Heavyweights (Jazzland, 1961)
With Dave Pike
- It's Time for Dave Pike (Riverside, 1961)
With Sonny Red
With Red Rodney
With Jack Sheldon
- Playing for Change (Uptown, 1986 )
With Sonny Stitt
- Burnin' (Argo, 1958)
- Tune-Up! (Cobblestone, 1972)
- Constellation (Cobblestone, 1972)
- 12! (Muse, 1972)
- My Buddy: Sonny Stitt Plays for Gene Ammons (Muse, 1975)
- Blues for Duke (Muse, 1975 )
- In Style (Muse, 1982)
With Don Wilkerson
- The Texas Twister (Riverside, 1960)
- Bebop scale, one of the education tools in jazz that Harris pioneered
- Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 190/1. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
- Milkowski, Bill (1998). "Barry Harris: Young-hearted elder". Jazz Times.
- Barry Harris: Spirit of Bebop. Efor Films. 2004.
- Barry Kernfeld, ed. (2002). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz Second edition. London, England: Macmillan. p. 177. ISBN 033369189X.
- Greg Thomas (16 July 2012). "Bebop legend Barry Harris set to burn up Village Vanguard with 2-week gig". New York Daily News. New York. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
- Watrous, Peter. "Be-Bop's Generous Romantic", The New York Times, May 28, 1994. Accessed June 2, 2008. "Mr. Harris moved to New York in the early 1960s and became friends with Thelonious Monk and Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter, Mr. Monk's patron. Eventually, Mr. Harris moved to her estate in Weehawken, N.J., where he still lives."
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- "Larry Ridley - Biography". Larryridley.com. Archived from the original on 2017-12-28. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
- "Recognition Awards to Barry Harris for Outstanding Devotion to Music and Education". Barryharris.com. 2014.
- "Barry Harris facts, information, pictures". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
- "Barry Harris Discography". Jazzdisco.org. Retrieved December 20, 2018.