Philip Harper (trumpeter)

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Philip Harper
Photo: Tom Beetz
Photo: Tom Beetz
Background information
Born (1965-05-10) May 10, 1965 (age 57)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Years active1990–present
LabelsVerve, Muse

Philip Harper (born May 10, 1965) is an American jazz trumpeter.

Early life[edit]

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Harper grew up in Atlanta. He studied under Jackie McLean at the University of Hartford Hartt School.[1]


Harper played with the Jazz Messengers and Mingus Big Band.[2] He also signed with Verve Records and produced four albums for them.[3]

From 1988 to 1993, Harper played in the Harper Brothers with his brother, Winard. Other band members included Justin Robinson on alto saxophone, Stephen Scott on piano and Michael Bowie on bass.[4][5]


  • 1988 Harper Brothers (Verve)[6]
  • 1989 Remembrance: Live at the Village Vanguard (Verve)
  • 1991 Artistry (Verve)
  • 1992 You Can Hide Inside the Music (Verve)
  • 1993 Soulful Sin (Muse)
  • 1994 The Thirteenth Moon (Muse)

With Cecil Brooks III

With Etta Jones

With Houston Person


  1. ^ Jazz, All About. "Philip Harper musician - All About Jazz". All About Jazz Musicians. Retrieved 2022-06-23.
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Philip Harper: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  3. ^ Down Beat Profile Archived November 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "The Harper Brothers". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  5. ^ Watrous, Peter (1988-10-20). "Review/Jazz; Harper Brothers' Debut". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  6. ^ "Philip Harper". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-12-24.