Deeply committed to the teaching of America’s improvised classical music - jazz, Kevin Harris has developed a captivating educational program that is creative, entertaining, and effective.
Nationally and internationally, audiences are continually impressed with Kevin’s combination approach of playing exciting music intertwined with the discussion of historical, musical, and cultural importance of each rhythm and style. His workshops are sure to bring the participants to a higher level of musical appreciation and understanding.
After an upbringing steeped in the black gospel experience and completion of his B.A. in Music Education (Morehead State, KY), Kevin completed his Master of Music at the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Danilo Perez, Ran Blake, George Garzone, Cecil MacBee, Mike Cain, and Fred Hersch.
Since 2003, Kevin Harris has presented a variety of workshops: from improvisation, to musicianship, rhythm section, influence of gospel music, and ensemble dialogue, in an innovating form and with originality.
Kevin and his ensemble have held workshops nationally and internationally.
Programs are carefully structured and taught through examples of call and response, question and answer opportunities, movement with rhythm, and performance, all serving as fundamental tools to help create a well informed audience.
Currently on the faculty at Berklee College of Music, and an MIT's affiliated artist, he has also collaborated with many prominent scholastic institutions.
His unique gift of being a talented listener, passionate improviser, lover of swing and afro-latin rhythms is highly appreciated at all his performances, workshops, and master classes.
Kevin Harris Has Collaborated With:
Interview with Jazz Avenue on Education (Seoul, S. Korea)
Kevin Harris' Master Class Highlights
(Bednarska College, Warsaw Poland)
Gospel Concert by Kevin Harris' Master Class Students @ Panama Jazz Festival (Panama)
Gospel Clinic Directed by Kevin Harris @ Panama Jazz Festival (Panama)