A native of Louisville, Kentucky, alto saxophonist JARRARD HARRIS found his way to Chicago a little over twelve years ago. Director of Midwest Young Artists’ (MYA) Jazz Combo Program and MYA’s Jazz Ensemble, Jarrard has been an integral part of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble (CJE), performing with Jon Faddis, Dana Hall, Art Hoyle, Pat Mallinger, and Pharez Whitted. He is a music educator, composer, and exciting saxophonist. Describing a recording by Jarrard, jazz reviewer, Ted Gioia, wrote, “Harris plays nine choruses full of high drama, each one better than its predecessor.” Jarrard currently lives in Chicago where he is on the jazz faculty at Columbia College of Chicago and serves as an instructor with the Thelonious Monk/Gallery 37 jazz performance program. He maintains an active teaching studio, in addition to adjudicating college and high school jazz festivals, giving master classes, lectures and performing in the U.S. and abroad. Some of the luminaries with whom Jarrard has performed are Claudio Roditi, Joe Lovano, Jimmy Heath, Nicholas Payton, Gerald Wilson, and Marcus Belgrave. Completing the Quartet are JAMES AUSTIN, JR., piano; JUSTIN THOMAS, vibes; JOSH RAMOS, bass; and KOBIE WATKINS, drums.
Watch the Jarrard Harris Quartet’s 2008 performance at the Uptown Jazz Festival:
*Please note: Video samples do not necessarily represent HPJF lineup.