Vocalist Allan Harris, a native of Brooklyn, New York, has performed all over the world, from clubs in Europe and Asia to music festivals in Sweden, Turkey, Japan, Czechoslovtakia, Germany, Holland, and Italy. His South Florida band included Latin luminaries such as flutist Nestor Torres, percussionist Luis Enrique, saxophonist Ed Calle, bassist/arranger/composer George Cassas, and Latin star Jon Secada. Tony Bennett sponsored him in a showcase at Tatou in New York, where the songwriter Sammy Cahn introduced Mr. Harris to the crowd.
His first CD, Setting the Standard (Love Productions), was recorded in Miami. It's a Wonderful World, with bassist Ray Brown, pianist Benny Green, guitarist Mark Whitfield, trumpeter Claudio Roditi and alto saxophonist Jeff Hamilton, features arrangements by John Clayton and Rob Pronk. Mr. Harris penned, with Ray Brown, the hit single "Black Coffee Blues," which set records for radio airplay. He recorded Here Comes Allan Harris and the Metrople Orchestra, with the famed Dutch Orchestra (Mons). Trumpeter Clark Terry, vocalist Claire Martin and Berlin's Rias Big Band joined his Tribute to Duke Ellington. Recent CDs include Laid Back and Love Came, the Songs of Strayhorn (Love Productions, 2001), a tribute to Billy Strayhorn. Mr. Harris sang the leading role on the DVD and CD of Duke Ellington's Sacred Mass, featuring trumpeter Jon Faddis and singer Michele Hendricks. Memories of his early career playing guitar and singing with country rock bands inspired Mr. Harris to create his 2002 saga, Cross that River, the Saga of Blue, about a black cowboy (circa 1850), that incorporates jazz, blues, bluegrass, country, and rock.
Allan Harris performed at the Terrace Theater February 28, 2003, with René Marie in "Billy Squared: The Music of Billie Holiday & Billy Strayhorn."
Last updated: March 1, 2007