Harold Harris

Harold Harris was a jazz pianist, who played, by the time he began recording, in a style that drew in roughly equal parts from Erroll Garner and Red Garland. Harris was born in Lafayette, Indiana, on August 22, 1934. He graduated from Jefferson High School and enrolled at Purdue University, majoring in Sociology and Physical Education; he also began playing gigs in and around Lafayette. After two years in the US Army, he moved to Chicago in 1958, where he took a day job with the Welfare Department and played gigs at night, first in a duet with Lennell Glass, then a trio with Glass and George Harps. What little we know about Harris has been taken from the notes to his first Vee-Jay LP, released in 1961, which were written by Barbara J. Gardner.

According to Gardner's notes, in December 1960 Al Williams, of the Four Step Brothers, heard the trio playing a National Guard Armory dance....

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Harold Harris Albums

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