Allan Harris

Allan Harris is a world-class singer and guitarist, as well as a songwriter. Allan Harris is perhaps best known for his jazz interpretations. His smooth vocals and smooth guitar stylings easily transcend genres. Tony Bennett called Allan his favorite singer, and Stephen Holden of The New York Times raved about Allan Harris’ “profound talent.” Allan has built a worldwide following by playing to packed audiences and getting outstanding reviews in the United States, Europe and Russia. Allan has been awarded the New York Nightlife Award three times for “Outstanding jazz vocalist”. He is often seen at some of the most prestigious music festivals around the globe, such as Jazz Aspen, Wien Jazz Festival in Austria and Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Jazz Aspen, Wien Jazz Festival (Austria) and Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy). His diverse vocal performances are a testament to Allan’s talent. He is the composer of “Cross That River”, a musical about the Old West told through the words and music by a black cowboy. For that work, he was awarded a Chamber Music America Grant. The musical production of “Cross That River”, which was performed to rave reviews at the 2009 New York Musical Theater Festival, is currently in preproduction for a long-term run in 2011. Many songs from “Cross That River”, including originals, are often featured in concert performances by The Allan Harris Band. Harris is a singer with a rich voice and a great sense of music. Harris was born in Brooklyn. Harris’ mother was a classical pianist, and his aunt was an opera singer. He later switched to the blues. Clarence Williams was a well-known music producer and Aunt Theodosia became a frequent dinner guest. He often invited other artists like Louis Armstrong to join him at the table. Armstrong once baby-sat Allan with his “frog-like voice” and scared him. Allan is passionate about music and giving back. Allan is a long-time supporter for St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital and has performed at the Challenge Aspen Gala many times with Vince Gill and Amy Grant, an annual charity golf tournament that benefits military personnel who have suffered from disabilities. from

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