October 05th, 21h30

Allan Harris . Voice
Arcoiris Sandoval . Piano
Nimrod Speaks . Contrabass
Shirazette Tinnin . Drums

The outstanding and internationally renowned vocalist, guitarist and composer Allan Harris (born 4 April 1956 in Brooklyn, New York) sums up his personal perspective on music in clear and straightforward terms.  “There is nothing that I have found that defines and gives credence to my place in this wild and mysterious universe than this thing called music.”  Harris exemplifies that statement perfectly with his stunning albums.  For this, Harris takes an even more eclectic approach, drawing upon the wide range of music that he heard growing up in Brooklyn, and feasting on the expansive palette of the Harlem cultural landscape.

Over the past 25 years, Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era.  Brooklyn-born and Harlem-based, he has forged his sterling credentials through his ten previous albums, covering a broad range of contexts, all netted together within the rich territory of the jazz tradition.  In addition to his recordings, he has performed on a worldwide stage that has taken him to prestigious international festivals and halls in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as the 2012 Olympics in London.  At home, he has toured nationally at festivals and top venues, including New York’s Lincoln Center and D.C.’s Kennedy Center.

He has received numerous awards, including the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” (which he won three times), the Backstage Bistro Award for “Ongoing Achievement in Jazz,” the Harlem Speaks “Jazz Museum of Harlem Award,” and the DownBeat Critic’s Poll Award for “Rising Star Vocalist.  His last albuns” Nobody’s Gonna Love You Better” (2016), “The Genius of Eddie Jefferson” (2018) e “Nat King Cole – Long Live the King” (2019) will continue to build his legacy as another milestone in the extraordinary artistic aesthetic of Allan Harris, demonstrating his enormous versatility within the full scope of his highly creative musical vision.  Swinging jazz, rich R&B, sumptuous balladry, wailing rock, rumbling blues and even a touch of playful Brazilian are all woven seamlessly into the tapestry of a musical odyssey that is all Allan Harris.  With a deeply resonant baritone/tenor voice that is soulful, richly expressive and flawless in both intonation and phrasing, Harris displays a total command and fluency in every context.