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Harris, Kevin L.

(born: 1975) 

Kevin L. Harris, born in Lexington, KY, is the son of Margaret Jones and the late John L. Harris, both from Paris, KY.

Kevin is a jazz pianist who plays contemporary and traditional music. He has been featured on National Public Radio's Jazz with Eric in the Evening [WGBH Jazz and Blues streams] and was invited by the mayor of New Orleans to perform for the Alpha Phi Alpha Forum at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

Each year, the Kevin Harris Project trio performed  throughout the United States. The trio included Harris, Steve Langone, and Keala Kaumeheiwa. The ensemble has performed educational programs designed for grades K-12 to introduce various styles of improvised music and cultural awareness.

Harris has also been a music teacher, giving instruction in trumpet, piano, and jazz band at the Cambridge Friends School in Boston, MA; he also provides private music instruction. He has started five separate band programs throughout the Greater Boston area. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music.

Harris is a graduate of Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Morehead State University, and the New England Conservatory of Music (in jazz piano performance). His first album, Patient Harvest, was released in 2002, his second, The Butterfly Chronicles, in 2007.

For more information see The Kevin Harris Project  and J. Perry, "For jazz trio, a conversation in musical notes [online]," The Boston Globe, 4/17/2009, Scene & Heard section; and "Kevin Harris: Neighborhood Salon Luminary," at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum website. View photographs and performance videos at the Kevin Harris Project website.

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