Past Event

Born in Harlem with Bruce Harris

Jazz was born in New Orleans, but it spent a lot of time growing up in Harlem.  Many of the major innovations in jazz can be traced back to the musicians, nightclubs and musical community in Harlem.

Join our Director of Education Ryan Maloney for a night exploring some of the major musical and cultural innovations that put Harlem on the map.

Perfect for any curious listener looking to learn more about jazz music and Harlem.

This interactive session will be accompanied by a live quartet led by trumpeter Bruce Harris featuring pianist Ehud Asherie, bassist Jonathan Michel, and drummer Pete Van Nostrand


About Bruce Harris:

Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, trumpeter Bruce Harris has earned a reputation as one of the most important and emerging voices in jazz today.  Harris’s love for music began in his home where the sounds of his grandfather’s alto saxophone and New York’s storied music traditions of bebop and hip-hop consumed him. Inspired by acclaimed director Spike Lee’s “Mo Better Blues,” Harris became enamored with the trumpet and at the age of 13 his musical journey started. Heavily influenced by Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and Dizzy Gillespie, Harris performed in the “Essentially Ellington” jazz band competition as a high school junior, earning the opportunity to play alongside famed trumpeter and jazz historian, Wynton Marsalis. Harris went on to earn a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, where he was mentored by trumpet virtuoso, Jon Faddis.

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