August 17, 1961|
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Everette Harp (born August 17, 1961, in Houston, Texas) is an American jazz saxophonist who has recorded for Blue Note, Capitol and Shanachie Records. His album Jazz Funk Soul, a collaboration with Chuck Loeb and Jeff Lorber, received his first nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
Everette Harp was the youngest of eight children. His father was a minister and his mother played the organ. Gospel music was one of his earliest influences. He started playing jazz in middle school at Marshall Junior High under the tutelage of drummer Buddy Smith. He attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston under the direction of Robert "Doc" Morgan", then North Texas State University as a music major in the early 1980s. While there he joined Phi Beta Sigma. Working as an accountant for a short time, Harp played in local Houston bands, most notably a jazz/funk group called The Franchise which released an album locally with the first recording of Harp's "There's Still Hope" in 1987.
In 1988 he moved to Los Angeles and toured briefly with Teena Marie and then Anita Baker. Two years later George Duke signed him to a contract with Capitol Records to record with his group 101 North. Bruce Lundvall of Blue Note Records signed Harp to a solo contract before the group album was released. Harp's album was produced by Duke and released by Blue Note in 1992.
Harp appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival as a featured guest artist presented by Duke. He appeared every week on The Arsenio Hall Show. His appearance on Sax by the Fire, produced by John Tesh, led to his performing on the theme song for Entertainment Tonight, produced by and starring Tesh. He also played on the theme song for Soul Train and shared the stage with President Bill Clinton at the Arkansas Ball in 1992.
Harp worked with Stanley Clarke, Natalie Cole, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Wayne Henderson, Al Jarreau, The Jazz Crusaders, Billy Joel, Chaka Khan, Kenny Loggins, Bobby Lyle, Peter Maffay, Marcus Miller, Chante Moore, Dianne Reeves, Eros Ramazzotti, Brenda Russell, Joe Sample, and Luther Vandross.
He continued his television and studio recording obligations and his solo recording career. During the 1990s he became a staple in the Los Angeles TV and recording studio scene, showing up on many recordings becoming a favorite of such producers as Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Peter Wolf, Peter Asher and Barry Eastmond. He appeared on several television shows, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and with Jay Leno, The Arsenio Hall Show, and The Tavis Smiley Show. In later years Harp reduced his side gigs to focus on his solo career.
Harp collaborated with guitarist Chuck Loeb and keyboardist Jeff Lorber and formed a group Jazz Funk Soul. The trio has released two studio albums, Jazz Funk Soul in 2014 and More Serious Business in 2016. Loeb died of cancer on July 31, 2017, at the age of 61.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|US R&B||US Jazz||US Indie||US Heat|
|What's Going On||
|For the Love||
|All for You||
|In the Moment||
|Jazz Funk Soul||
|More Serious Business||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
- Marcus Miller ("Under the Sky") (1991)
- Kenny Loggins ("What's Going On") (1997)
- Billy Joel ("Hey Girl") (1997)
- Regina Belle ("Lazy Afternoon") (2004)
- Forever, For Always, For Luther (2004)
- "Wholly Holy"
- Yolanda Adams ("Wholly Holy") (1997)
- Nikkole ("Love Was Made in Heaven") (2009)
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- "Musician Everette Harp". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
-  Archived February 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Everette Harp Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
- "Everette Harp Chart History". Jazz Albums. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
- "Everette Harp Chart History". Independent Albums. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
- "Everette Harp Chart History". Heatseekers Albums. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
- Hey Girl (Freddie Scott song)#Other versions