Bruce Harris is a New York born and raised trumpet player, who’s debut album
as a bandleader is aptly titled Beginnings (Posi-Tone, 2017). The album
features Harris in the frontline with a rotating cast of top-notch saxophonist,
including Jerry Weldon, Andy Farber, Grant Stewart, Frank Basile, and Dmitry
Baevsky. The steady rhythm section throughout the album consists of his
working band — pianist Michael Weiss, bassist Clovis Nicolas, and drummer
Pete Van Nostrand. With an amazing combination of talents, some brilliant
performances, and an evocative program of music, Beginnings successfully
proclaims Harris as an important and emerging voice in jazz.
Harris’ affinity with music began as a child listening to his grandfather play
the alto sax in his family’s Bronx apartment. Mentored at the Conservatory of
Music at Purchase College by Jon Faddis, Harris received his Master’s degree
in Jazz Performance in 2009 and went immediately on to perform with jazz
luminaries Barry Harris, Frank Wess, The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars,
Winard Harper, T.S. Monk, Myron Walden, Kendrick Oliver's New Life Jazz
Orchestra, Jimmy Cobb, the Artie Shaw Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
In 2013, Wynton Marsalis selected Harris for the Tony Award-winning
Broadway musical “After Midnight,” and Harris has since been one of the
young cornerstones at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, Doha, Qatar and
Shanghai. He has toured with countless major acts, and has been a long time
fixture in The Count Basie Orchestra, one of the most classic and important
jazz big bands today. He can be seen regularly performing with his quintet,
and big band in the hottest clubs all over the world.