Barry Harris (1919-2021)

Dr. Barry Harris is an Internationally renowned jazz pianist, composer and teacher. Dr. Harris is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Northwestern University. He has received the Living Jazz Legacy award from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Association, and an American Jazz Masters Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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In addition, Dr. Harris received the Manhattan Borough President Award for Excellence. This award was given in recognition of his devoted public service and in honor of excellence in the field of music. He received the 1999 Mentor award for his work with youngsters at the Manhattan Country School in NYC.


Dr. Harris began playing jazz in Detroit in the 1940s. Bebop absorbed his attention, particularly the music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. With an unrelenting inquiry into the nature of this music and his willingness to communicate it, Barry Harris now inspires and encourages many younger musicians. He’s come to be known as the “keeper of the bebop flame”.

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Dr. Barry Harris receives frequent requests to appear as a guest lecturer by Universities and various musical venues all over the world. His lectures and interactive instrument and vocal workshops focus on the complete aspects of music including improvisation, harmonic movement and theory. His schedule includes lectures in the United States, Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Japan. When he is not traveling, Dr. Harris holds weekly music workshop sessions in New York City for vocalists, students of piano & other instruments.

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In his teaching, Dr. Barry Harris emphasizes a return to basics. He rejects the trend toward over-complication found in much modern jazz education. He says “Young people should be taught from where the teachers came from, not from where the teachers are.”


Anyone who learns from Dr. Barry Harris is sure to be touched by a certain simplicity and freedom which stems from his attention to detail. He deals in an uncomplicated and relaxed manner with the musical elements which make up bebop.

Barry Harris – A Time For Love (Jazz Piano Solo)

Barry Harris Trio. Live at Clasijazz (Almeria, 25/10/2014).

Bass: Bori Albero Drums: Jimmy Castro

“A Time For Love” is an original song by Johnny Mandel and Paul Francis Webster.

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