Winard Harper

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Hiram Winard Harper (born June 4, 1962 in Baltimore) is an American jazz drummer.


Harper played in the 1980s with Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, and with Betty Carter for four years. While working with Carter he met Wycliffe Gordon, with whom Harper would collaborate repeatedly.[1]

From 1988 to 1993 he worked with his brother, trumpeter Philip Harper, in the group The Harper Brothers, alongside Justin Robinson, Javon Jackson, Walter Blanding, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Stephen Scott, Kevin Hays, Michael Bowie, and Nedra Wheeler.[2]

After the dissolution of the Harper brothers, Winard recorded several albums as a leader. In the early 2000s he worked with his sextet and performed at Lincoln Center in New York City.[3] He played with Avery Sharpe in 2008.[4] He leads the group Jeli Posse.[5]


  • Be Yourself (Epicure, 1994)
  • Tete Montoliu en el San Juan (1996)
  • Trap Dancer (HighNote, 1998)
  • Winard (Savant, 1999)
  • Faith with Carrie Smith (Savant, 2000)
  • A Time for the Soul (Savant, 2003)
  • Come into the Light (Savant, 2004)
  • Make it Happen (Piadrum, 2006)
  • Coexist (Jazz Legacy, 2012)

With Etta Jones

With David "Fathead" Newman


  1. ^ "Interview with jazz drummer Winard Harper". AXS. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  2. ^ "Winard Harper Coexist". eJazzNews. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  3. ^ Witmer, Rose of Sharon. "Winard Harper". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  4. ^ Whiteis, David (June 2008). "Jazz Reviews: Legends & Mentors: The Music of McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, and Yusef Lateef", JazzTimes.
  5. ^ "Interview with jazz drummer Winard Harper". AXS. Retrieved 2017-12-24.