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Unforgettable, the Songs of Cole

Allan Harris will premiere and record his critically acclaimed tribute Unforgettable, the Songs of Cole, featuring the Allan Harris Quartet at Kennedy Center’s Terrace Gallery on January 20 and 21, 2005. Harris’s voice has long been compared to that of Nat "King" Cole and for two nights, by request from Kennedy Center Jazz, he will present his favorite Cole tunes with his own personal twist. Songs that will be featured: A Blossom Fell, The Very Thought of You, Non Dimenticar, Straighten Up and Fly Right, Unforgettable, Nature Boy, Pretend, L.O.V.E., Too Young and more. This show was originally created to tour Israel and it sold out all 10 nights (Camelot Productions Tel Aviv). Recently Harris sang "The Very Thought of You" with Cole’s daughter, Natalie Cole at a private function for Star Jones.

Background:
Allan Harris grew up in Brooklyn, New York where his mother and aunt, both graduates of the School of Performing Arts, were in the music scene working and socializing with America’s first African American record producer, Clarence Williams, and jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong. Attending Sunday matinees at the Apollo Theater he listened to and then later met most of the artists who performed there as they dined at his Aunt Kate’s soul food restaurant, "Kate’s" on 125th Street. It was there that the seeds of his musical development were planted.

Harris just finished a 7 day tour with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra where he debuted an intricate scat number written by Marsalis entitled: "Drop the E from Hate" from the worldwide debut of "Suite for Human Nature." Prior to that he was asked to open for Cassandra Wilson at Frederick P. Rose Hall during Lincoln Center’s inaugural week. Coming up, Harris will be sharing the bill with Abbey Lincoln at Aaron Davis Hall in a tribute to the composers of Harlem, where he will also debut new material. Harris is one of the only male jazz vocalists to collaborate with the piano legend Tommy Flanagan in his inauguration of "Jazz at Sotheby’s."

Recordings: "Setting the Standard," "It’s a Wonderful World," "Here Comes Allan Harris with the Metropole Orchestra," and "Love Came, the Songs of Strayhorn."

Recordings in collaboration: "The Music of Duke Ellington" with the Jiggs Whigham Big Band, Germany; "Ellington’s Sacred Mass" with the Big Band de Lausanne, Switzerland; and "Manic Organic" with the Dieter Reith Big Band, Germany.

The Allan Harris Quartet:
Featuring some of Miami’s most talented musicians this is a tight, swinging quartet which consists of Jim Gasior-piano (Director of the New School Jazz Program, Miami); Bob Grabowski-bass (Adjunct Professor in Jazz Studies at Florida International University for the last fourteen years.); Jesse Jones, Jr.-sax (The hard-bop influence of Cannonball Adderley, the funk of Hank Crawford, and the sweetness of Paul Desmond); and Larry Marshall-drums (Philadelphia native, alumnus of Pat Martino’s band and a winner of "Best of Philadelphia’s Award.")

For more information, or to request a photo and/or presskit, contact Pat Harris at Love 2 Productions,212 862 3301.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Allan Harris
  • Press Release Date: 1/5/2005
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