Previous events

Donald Harrison Quartet Charlie Parker Centenial + 1 "BIRD"

Birdland Jazz Club , 315 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036

BEBOP & BEYOND

We are doing a tribute to Charlie Parker @ Birdland in NYC. We play two shows each night from August 19 to August 21. Come hear some young musicians who take understanding bebop just as serious as playing their own music. We will play some classic bop material and some of my Nouveau Swing music.
The group includes myself on alto sax and new jazz stars Joe Dyson drums Nori Naraoka bass Dan Kaufman piano

$30.00

Donald Harrison Quartet Charlie Parker Centenial + 1 "BIRD"

Birdland Jazz Club , 315 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036

BEBOP & BEYOND

We are doing a tribute to Charlie Parker @ Birdland in NYC. We play two shows each night from August 19 to August 21. Come hear some young musicians who take understanding bebop just as serious as playing their own music. We will play some classic bop material and some of my Nouveau Swing music.
The group includes myself on alto sax and new jazz stars Joe Dyson drums Nori Naraoka bass Dan Kaufman piano

$30.00

Donald Harrison Quartet Charlie Parker Centenial + 1 "BIRD"

Birdland Jazz Club , 315 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036

BEBOP & BEYOND

We are doing a tribute to Charlie Parker @ Birdland in NYC. We play two shows each night from August 19 to August 21. Come hear some young musicians who take understanding bebop just as serious as playing their own music. We will play some classic bop material and some of my Nouveau Swing music.
The group includes myself on alto sax and new jazz stars Joe Dyson drums Nori Naraoka bass Dan Kaufman piano

$30.00

Jan17

keystone korner

keystone korner, 1350 Lancaster St,, Baltimore, MD

The band and I are playing at Baltimore's historic Keystone Korner Jan. 17-18. The program will include our take on many styles of swinging modern acoustic jazz. We will be playing nouveau swing, quantum jazz, jam band jazz and jazz spiced up by New Orleans cultural music. Come hear our Baltimore debut of my trap/jazz take on the biggest single ever "Old Town Road," by Lil Nas X. Some of the greatest musicians are digging the blend we came up with that is jazz with trap flavor. get tickets here: https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=6FD0B0FA-E894-0CBE-6DB820DC9E98A9E8&fbclid=IwAR1o-1qQ4L1fZpjAn6EMiZa43hfNHQsqQmwaXRzSm3QU3gYa9eFeysyE2kA

$20.00

Nov22

Oahu Jazz and Blues Festival

Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, Hawaii

Join Turtle Bay Resort, HawaiiOnTV.com & Jazz Alley TVfor the First Annual Oahu Jazz & Blues Festival,Saturday November 22nd, 2014Oceanfront Under the Stars from 5-9PM Festival Events Going on All Weekend! Thursday Nov. 20th from 7-9pm - Jazz Fest Kickoff at "Surfer", The Bar at Turtle Bay ResortFriday Nov. 21st from 6-9pm - Jazz Fest Dinner & Meet the Artists at Turtle Bay ResortSaturday Nov. 22nd from 5-9pm - FESTIVAL DAY, Oceanfront at Turtle Bay ResortSunday Nov. 23rd from 10am - 1pm - Jazz Fest Brunch, with Special Guests at Turtle Bay Resort Featuring:Grammy Winner & Jazz Legend - Les McCannOver 50 Years of Musical Genius & Soul Jazz Style! Grammy Winner from Dazz Band and Kool & The Gang - Skip Martin Rock & Blues with a Latin Twist from New Orleans - The Iguanas! Grammy Nominated Jazz Sax Legend & Mardi Gras "Big Chief" - Donald Harrison"The King of Nouveau Swing" with hits that have charted in Billboard Magazine's Top Ten! Grammy & Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner - John Cruz Grammy Nominated Saxophone Master - Javon JacksonSaxophonist in Art Blakey's Band, The Jazz Messengers. Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner - Paula FugaThe Sweet Sound of Aloha! Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner - Benny UyetakeExtreme Jazz Guitar Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner - Brother Noland

General Admission $40.00 - VIP A

Apr30

Big Chierf Donald Harrison

The Historic Carver Theater, 2101 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana

International Jazz Day at Carver Theater night concludes as Grammy-nominated and 2006 Jazziz "Person of the Year"  Donald Harrison Jr, is joined by Christian Scott,  a Grammy-nominated and two-time Edison Award-winning jazz trumpeter; The Bridge Trio, Joe Dyson, Max Moran, Detroit Brooks, Zaccai Curtis, Conun Papas, and The Congo Square Nation Afro - New Orleans Cultural Group for a 8:30 pm concert.  This concert is a benefit for the Southern University Alumni Scholarship Fund and The Guardians Institute Book program started in 2006 which has given over 40,000 books to the youth of New Orleans.  The cost of admission is only $20.  Donald grew up in a home environment saturated with the city's traditional music of brass bands, parades, modern jazz, R&B, funk, classical, world ethnic, and dance music. His connection to New Orleans roots were deepened by his father, a Big Chief in the African and Native American influenced culture of Afro-New Orleans culture. The culture is an offshoot culture of Congo Square, one of the only known places in North America where Africans openly participated in their culture in the 1700's and 1800's...

$20.00

Oct23

A Night In Treme featuring the Donald Harrison Quintet

Jazz St. Louis, 3536 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO

10/23/13- 10/26/13

Oct11

Celebrating Art Blakey

Yoshi's SF, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA

Oct10

Celebrating Art Blakey

Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA

Ralph Peterson - Drums Bill Pierce - Tenor Sax Brian Lynch - Trumpet Donald Harrison - Alto Sax Reggie Workman - Bass

Oct5

Celebrating Art

The Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th Street, New York, NY

Oct4

Celebrating Art

The Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th Street, New York, NY

Oct3

Celebrating Blakey

Live @ The Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, New York, NY

Jul6

Donald Harrison Quintet

Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchman St., New Orleans, LA

Donald Harrison - sax Joe Dyson - drums Max Moran - bass Detroit Brooks - guitar/vocals Conun Pappas - piano

Nov14

Donald Harrison & Quantum Leap

Jazz Showcase, 806 S Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL

DONALD HARRISON & QUANTUM LEAP COME TO CHICAGOCD release concerts at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase November 15th - 18th The show that's been been bringing audiences to their feet from New York to Tokyo is coming to Chicago's Jazz Showcase from November 15th through the 18th: Donald Harrison describes his new recording, "Quantum Leap" as "the crossroads where jazz tradition meets soul, science and today's dance music. It's jazz for mind, body and soul: I call it roots to infinity." The album was launched in September during Harrison's  headlining appearances at The Detroit Jazz Festival,  The Lake George Jazz Festival and five nights at New York's Jazz Standard. A two week tour of Japan followed in October.  A four night run at Chicago's Jazz Showcase is the next stop for the genre-bending project, starting on November 15th.  Donald Harrison is a musical category unto himself Born in New Orleans in 1960, Donald Harrison grew up in an environment saturated with the city's traditional brass bands, parades and rituals. His involvement with New Orleans roots culture was deepened by his father, a Big Chief in the Afro-New Orleans cultural societies. Harrison studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and from there began working with Roy Haynes.  A year later he was chosen to join Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He went on to perform and collaborate with distinguished artists in jazz, R & B, funk and classical music: Miles Davis,  Lena Horne, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Eddie Palmieri, Jennifer Holiday, Dr. John, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Digable Planets, Notorious BIG, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout his career, Harrison has balanced being in the vanguard of modern jazz with participation and leadership in Afro -New Orleans culture; he brought the two worlds together with his 1993 groundbreaking recording "Indian Blues"  which combined the chants and rhythms of Afro-New Orleans culture and contemporary jazz. Now, as Big Chief of the Congo Square Nation, as well as in internationally-acclaimed jazz artist, Donald Harrison and "Indian Blues" have been a major component in the New Orleans-based HBO hit series, "Treme" - for which he is a music consultant and also appears as himself in nine episodes that are based on events in his own life "Quantum Leap" is generating buzz from some of the most cutting-edge artists in jazz: Jack Walrath, Grammy-nominated trumpeter, composer, bandleader (and longtime Mingus band member) writes in the album's liner notes that "Quantum Leap" is "an intertwined journey inward to the roots of jazz and outward to its furthest frontiers. This jazz as it was envisioned to be: bluesy, original and forward-looking...always swinging and constantly surprising."  Walrath goes on to acknowledge Donald Harrison as "one of the most significant voices of the 'Young Lions' of jazz". Critic Ernest  Barteldes exclaimed: "on his seventeenth album as a leader, New Orleans-born saxophonist Donald Harrison has transcended genres or musical styles." Grammy-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch extolls Harrison for "blazing a new trail" and creating music of "real innovation grounded in the swing and the personal vision of one of the music's true masters." Harrison's gifted ensemble follows him over the edge, and back: His quartet - all but one of whom are from New Orleans - represent the continuing connection of New Orleans music to the jazz tradition.  Drummer Joe Dyson and bassist Max Moran are both former students of Harrison. Dyson - who contributed a hauntingly beautiful composition to Quantum Leap - began playing drums in a family band in church before he attended kindergarten. He has received numerous scholarships, including a Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and has played and recorded with greats Alvin Batiste, Herlin Riley and Chico Hamilton. The bassist in the group, Max Moran apprenticed with legendary clarinetist and pioneer jazz educator Alvin Batiste while still a teen. Zaccai Curtis, the pianist of the group, is also from a musical family. A graduate of New England Conservatory Zaccai now lives in New York. He is a winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's competition. A living link to jazz history: Harrison says of his approach to music: "I use Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and even Louis Armstrong as my role models. They learned from the masters before them, and extending that. I think it’s important to know as much as you can before trying to extend the tradition. I want the whole spectrum of the music in what I present, from ancient music to what started here in my New Orleans to the most modern ideas of all styles of music."   In the course of Harrison's career, he has discovered and nurtured some of the finest young jazz musicians - his protégés include trumpeter Christian Scott, Mark Whitfield, Dwayne Burno, Christian McBride and Cyrus Chestnut, as well as rap icon The Notorious BIG. As a spokesperson for jazz and for New Orleans culture, Donald Harrison is committed to sharing his deep knowledge of jazz with the communities in which he works; he is especially encouraging to young people - he has run jazz camps, and is now the artistic director of the jazz and modern music program at the Tipitina's Foundation in New Orleans. Info: Jazz Showcase 806 S Plymouth Ct, the Dearborn Station building, Chicago (312) 360-0234  Alto saxophonist/composer Donald Harrison combines the power of his New Orleans heritage with his formidable experience in modern jazz to redefine musical boundries.

$20.00

Apr27

An Evening with Big ChIef Donald Harrison

Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, New York

Purchase tickets here: http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/7320-an-evening-with-the-big-chief-donald-harrison   An Evening with The Big Chief Donald Harrison Big Chief Donald Harrison merges the sounds of the New Orleans Jazz Fest and Big Apple Jazz with a special guest performance by Grammy Nominee Christian Scott. Donald Harrison has been declared "...A name you will come to know" by Ed Bradley on CBS Sunday Morning. Through his participation in many musical and cultural entities he has evolved into the personification of 300 years of American music. Harrison's performances showcase: cutting-edge New York swing; driving, funky, smooth sounds, New Orleans cultural music; and straight-up New Orleans funk. His concerts are a return to the style of music presentation that engages all the senses. His many awards include France's "Grand Prix du Disque", Switzerland's "The Ascona Award", Japan's Swing Journal "Alto Saxophonist of the Year", The Jazz Journalist Association's "A List Award", Jazziz Magazine's "Person of the Year", and the Big Easy Music Awards "Ambassador of Music". A small list of his influential musical innovations includes "New York Second Line", "Indian Blues", and "The Spirits Of Congo Square." He is the founder and "King of Nouveau Swing" " which is his style of jazz that merges the soulful sounds he grew up with in New Orleans with modern dance music into a swinging New York context. Experience his latest contribution "Quantum Leap", and learn why he is a musical category unto himself. To date, Harrison continues New Orleans' indigenous tradition as "The Big Chief of the Congo Square Nation Afro-New Orleans cultural group". His father, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr., taught him this tradition. Harrison Sr. learned the tradition from Big Chief Lawrence Fletcher, First Chief of Chiefs, Robert Nathaniel Lee ("Robbe"), and Brother Cornelius Tillman - all of whom had ties to the old days. Retaining Congo Square's traditions are important because "The Square" was one of the only places in America where people of African descent were allowed to openly participate in their African culture. Harrison keeps alive the offshoot rituals, call and response chants, and drumming of this culture as a participant. The influences of this rich music and American root culture can be heard in jazz, r & b, funk, hip-hop and classical music. Harrison has performed with an illustrious list of distinguish musicians and icons in Jazz, R & B, Funk, Classical and more. The list includes (but is not limited to) Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, Lena Horne, Eddie Palmeri, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Jennifer Holiday, Dr. John, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Digable Planets, Notorious BIG, Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Aspects of Harrison's life and music have been chronicled in David Simon's ground breaking HBO series, Treme. Harrison appears as himself in seven episodes engaging in banter based on his own life. As an actual evacuee/survivor of Hurricane Katrina, Harrison appears in Spike Lee's HBO special When the Levees Broke. In the Box office, Harrison appeared in and co-wrote the sound track for Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme's feature film, Rachel's Getting Married starring Anne Hathaway, Rosemary DeWitt, Bill Irwin and Debra Winger. Harrison the educator has taught an impressive list of young upstarts which includes trumpeter Christian Scott, trombonist/singer Trombone Shorty, guitarist Josh Connelly and saxophonists Louis Fouche, Chris Royal and Aaron Fletcher. His working groups have proven to be a quiet incubator for jazz band leaders such as guitarist Mark Whitfield, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and bassist(s) Christian McBride, Dwayne Burno, and Esperanza Spaulding - all of whom spent time playing with Harrison To purchase tickets visit: http://www.symphonyspace.org/

$40.00 & $30.00

Feb24

Donald Harrison

Edgewood Country Club, 1600 Edgewood Drive, Charleston, West Virginia

Emerging from the talent-laden New Orleans jazz scene in the 1980’s Donald Harrison has established himself as the preeminent alto saxophonist of the post-bop generation. After recording and performance stint’s with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Roy Haynes, Jack McDuff, Larry Coryell, Eddie Palmieri, Lenny White, and Tony Williams, Donald Harrison broke out with a number of trend setting albums in the late-80’s. Now with over a dozen albums under his belt, Donald has solidified his role as the leading alto sax player in jazz today.  

$30 admission

Sep4

A Night In Treme

Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave, Seattle, WA

The Rebirth Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, James Andrews, and Donald Harrison bring the music of the David Simon's HBO series Treme to Seattle.

Sep3

A Night In Treme

Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave, Seattle, WA

The Rebirth Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, James Andrews, and Donald Harrison bring the music of the David Simon's HBO series Treme to Seattle.

Sep2

A Night In Treme

Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave, Seattle, WA

The Rebirth Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, James Andrews, and Donald Harrison bring the music of the David Simon's HBO series Treme to Seattle.

Previous events

Donald Harrison Quartet Charlie Parker Centenial + 1 "BIRD"

Birdland Jazz Club , 315 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036

BEBOP & BEYOND

We are doing a tribute to Charlie Parker @ Birdland in NYC. We play two shows each night from August 19 to August 21. Come hear some young musicians who take understanding bebop just as serious as playing their own music. We will play some classic bop material and some of my Nouveau Swing music.
The group includes myself on alto sax and new jazz stars Joe Dyson drums Nori Naraoka bass Dan Kaufman piano

$30.00

Donald Harrison Quartet Charlie Parker Centenial + 1 "BIRD"

Birdland Jazz Club , 315 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036

BEBOP & BEYOND

We are doing a tribute to Charlie Parker @ Birdland in NYC. We play two shows each night from August 19 to August 21. Come hear some young musicians who take understanding bebop just as serious as playing their own music. We will play some classic bop material and some of my Nouveau Swing music.
The group includes myself on alto sax and new jazz stars Joe Dyson drums Nori Naraoka bass Dan Kaufman piano

$30.00

Donald Harrison Quartet Charlie Parker Centenial + 1 "BIRD"

Birdland Jazz Club , 315 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036

BEBOP & BEYOND

We are doing a tribute to Charlie Parker @ Birdland in NYC. We play two shows each night from August 19 to August 21. Come hear some young musicians who take understanding bebop just as serious as playing their own music. We will play some classic bop material and some of my Nouveau Swing music.
The group includes myself on alto sax and new jazz stars Joe Dyson drums Nori Naraoka bass Dan Kaufman piano

$30.00