This Wednesday, September 11, The Jazz Gallery kicks off the sixth season of its Mentoring Series where emerging performers are paired with established mentors for a run of concerts. The first pair of the season features bassist Harish Raghavan mentoring drummer Savannah Harris.
Raghavan is a longtime Gallery regular, having played here dozens of times over the past several years as both a leader and sideman. Most recently, Raghavan has used the Gallery as a proving ground for his working quintet, featuring a slew young musicians with strong personalities—vibraphonist Joel Ross, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, pianist Micah Thomas, and drummer Jeremy Dutton. Hear them perform Raghavan’s composition “Anjou” at ShapeShifter Lab, below.
Harris is a native of Oakland, California, where she grew up studying drums with her father Fred Harris and stepfather Khalil Shaheed. She later attended Howard University, becoming an active member of the Washington, D.C. scene, performing at the Kennedy Center and writing for CapitalBop. She then moved to New York to study at the Manhattan School of Music and has recently performed with the likes of pianist Aaron Parks and saxophonist Maria Grand (check out Harris performing with Grand and bassist Kanoa Mendenhall, below).
After performing at the Gallery this week, Harris and Raghavan will perform at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, the Owl Music Parlor in Brooklyn, and at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Stay tuned for Jazz Speaks interviews with the pair to hear about their experiences over the course of their performances.
The Jazz Gallery presents the Mentoring Series, vol. 6, ed. 1 with bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Savannah Harris on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. The pair will be joined by John Escreet on piano, Morgan Guerin on reeds & synthesizer, and Maria Grand on tenor saxophone. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission (FREE for members), $20 reserved cabaret seating ($10 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.