Gene Harris

Gene Harris (September 1, 1933, Benton Harbor, Michigan January 16, 2000) was an American jazz pianist known for his warm sound and blues and gospel infused style that is known as soul jazz.

From 1956 to 1970, he played in The Three Sounds trio with bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy. During this time, The Three Sounds recorded regularly for Blue Note and Verve.

He was mostly retired to Boise, Idaho, starting in the late 1970s, although he performed regularly at the Idanha Hotel there. Then, Ray Brown convinced him to go back on tour in the early 1980s. He played with the Ray Brown Trio and then led his own groups, recording mostly on Concord Records, until his death from kidney failure in 2000.

Harris' "Ode to Billie Joe" is known as a jazz classic. One of his most popular numbers was his "Battle Hymn of the Republic," a live version of which is on his Live at Otter Crest album, published by Concord.


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midi Blue And Sentimental midi (All Star Big Band) Tenor Solo
[One Page Of The Piano Solo Shown]

mp3 Blue and Sentimental
[One Page Of The Piano Solo Shown]

midi Dejection Blues (All Star Big Band) Piano Feature

mp3 Dejection Blues (All Star Big Band) Piano Feature

midi Night Mist Blues Arr. By Frank Wess (Piano Feature)
[One Page Of The Piano Solo Shown]

mp3 Night Mist Blues
[One Page Of The Piano Solo Shown]

Gene Harris All Star Big Band Tribute to Count Basie

Conte Candoli (Trumpet), Bob Cooper (Tenor), Herb Ellis (Guitar), Jon Faddis (Trumpet), Jeff Hamilton (Drums), Gene Harris (Piano), Plas Johnson (Tenor), Bill Reichenbach Jr. (Trombone), Marshall Royal (Alto), Bobby Bryant (Trumpet), Bill Watrous (Trombone), Ray Brown (Bass), Garnett Brown (Trombone), Phil Edwards (Engineer), Bill Green (Alto), Thurman Green (Trombone), James Leary (Bass), Charles Loper (Trombone), Jack Nimitz (Baritone), Bennett Rubin (Producer), Frank Szabo (Trumpet), Dan Wallin (Engineer), Bill Waltrous (Trombone), Snooky Young (Trumpet)

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