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The Allan Harris Band
November 23, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm$45.00
Allan Harris – vocals/guitar
Shirazette Tinnin – drums/cajon
Arcoiris Sandoval – piano/keys
Nimrod Speaks – bass
Ever since he burst on the jazz scene in the latter part of the twentieth century, the Brooklyn-born, Harlem-based vocalist/ guitarist/bandleader/composer Allan Harris has reigned supreme as the most accomplished and exceptional singer of his generation. Aptly described by the Miami Herald as an artist blessed with, “the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King’ Cole,” the ample and aural evidence of Harris’ moving and magisterial artistry can be heard on his ten recordings as a leader; his far-flung and critically-acclaimed concerts around the world, and his numerous awards, which include the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” – which he won three times – the Backstage Bistro Award for “ Ongoing Achievement in Jazz,” the DownBeat Critic’s Poll Award for “Rising Star Jazz Vocalist,” the Hot House Jazz Magazine “Jazz Vocalist of the Year Award” for both 2015 and 2016, and the Harlem Speaks “Jazz Museum of Harlem Award.”
Harris’ mother, Johanna Chemina Ingram-Harris, was a concert pianist, and was a graduate of the first class of New York’s legendary High School for the Performing Arts. Growing up, Harris went to Apollo Sunday afternoon matinees, and he visited his aunt Kate Ingram’s famous soul food restaurant, Kate’s Home Cooking ; located behind the Apollo Theater, featured on the cover of organist Jimmy Smith’s 1960 Blue Note LP, Home Cookin. ’ In this soulful setting, Harris would meet many jazz and R&B stars who worked at the Apollo and came by the restaurant to eat and hang out. Another aunt, Theodosia Ingram, won the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night Competition and performed at a number of Manhattan clubs, including The Lenox Lounge under her stage name, “Phoebe.” It was through her, that Harris would meet and be mentored by a seminal jazz figure, Clarence Williams: a pioneering African-American composer, sideman and manager of Louis Armstrong and businessman, who owned the Harlem Thrift Shop, and hired Phoebe when she was twenty years old.
Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. He has also performed in several theatrical productions such as Cafe Society Swing at 59E59 Theaters, Maxies (directed by Maurice Hines) at the York Theater, Search Paul Clayton at the Triad, and his own musical Cross That River at the New York Musical Theater Festival. Brooklyn-born and Harlem-based, he has forged his sterling credentials through ten previous albums, covering a broad range of contexts, all netted together within the rich territory of the jazz tradition.