Sam Harris is one busy pianist. Moreover, Harris keeps a relatively low profile, which means the best way to find him behind the piano is by looking at the tour schedules of artists like Ambrose Akinmusire, Ben Van Gelder, Logan Richardson, Roman Filiu, and Rudy Royston. Luckily, on December 7th, you need look no further than The Jazz Gallery to hear the deep harmonies and improvisations of Harris and his trio.
Harris grew up in Dallas, Texas, and migrated to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music. Since leaving MSM, he’s played at clubs and festivals across six continents. In 2014 alone, Sam Harris played on records by Rudy Royston, Ambrose Akinmusire, and released his debut album Interludes (Fresh Sound). The album, featuring Roman Filiu, Ben Van Gelder, Martin Nevin, Ross Gallagher, and Craig Weinrib, is a collection of vignettes, tone poems, and chamber-esque arrangements that our own Kevin Laskey has described as “one part Herbie Hancock, one part Paul Bley.” Since that industrious year, Harris has been featured on additional albums by Akinmusire, Ben Van Gelder, and Ergo.
Having just returned from a tour of Europe with Melissa Aldana, Harris will present an evening of his own music at the Gallery with bassist Martin Nevin and drummer Craig Weinrib.
The Sam Harris Trio plays The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, December 7th, 2017. The group features Mr. Harris on piano, Martin Nevin on bass, and Craig Weinrib on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission (FREE for members), reserved cabaret seating $20 ($10 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.