Opening and sharing the stage with musical pioneers and innovators such as Kim Waters, Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Bobby Lyle, Phil Perry, Tower of Power, Bo Diddly, and The Gap Band; Gary Harris propels his way atop the Jazz genre while sharing his musical genius with other notable and talented artists (The Coaters, Percy Sledge, Trudy Lynn, Cecil Welch, William Bell, Gwin McCray, Leslie Gore, Jean Carn, Outkast, and Ann Nesby).
A young impressionable Gary Harris became captivated by music and the saxophone at an early age after hearing “Pink Panther" played by a saxophonist while in grade school. Further nurturing Gary’s newfound interest and his gift of music, Gary’s parents presented him with his first musical instrument, a flute; as Gary honed his musical gift with intense passion he later received his very own saxophone by age 10. By grade 7 Gary participated in his first talent show, a performance which set precedence in Gary Harris’ life, to create music for people to move to and be moved by. Throughout adolescence, Gary gained valuable experience and exposure playing gigs for house parties, store grand openings, local festivals, and musical competitions around his home of Atlanta, Georgia. Answering the beaconing call of higher education, Gary attended Columbus College where he elevated his artistry, becoming proficient in playing the Tenor Saxophone; playing a stint of academic musical chairs Gary returned to Atlanta and enrolled at Georgia State University & Dekalb College where he played alto sax and tenor sax.
Adding to the knowledge he had already possessed, college strengthened Gary’s foundation in music and his instrument of choice, the saxophone. Gary struck out on his own after college, continuing to build his fan base and musical credibility by showcasing his skills doing gigs around Atlanta. With lucrative offers to display and share his gift, Gary has participated in various national and international festivals such as: NARNI Black Music Festival (Italy), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), North Sea Jazz Festival (Amsterdam), Georgia Music Hall of Fame Award Show, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Coca Cola Atlanta Music Awards, and the Benson & Hedges Jazz Festival to name a few.
Since early 2000 Harris has played a weekly four hour set at Atlanta’s Jazz staple, Café 290 while currently placing the finishing touches to his debut musical masterpiece which is slated for a late 2008 release. Proving to be a testament of what determination, patience, and making one’s dream reality are all about, Harris has blossomed from local sensation to an international musician with flair and appeal, Gary Harris personifies creativity and...All That Jazz!
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