February 27, 2008 Concert
As a keyboard artist, Roger played behind jazz greats Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, James Carter and Orbert Davis. He also played behind R&B sensations Aretha Franklin, Melba Moore, Jean Karnes, Charelle, Angela Winbush, and The Jones Girls.
Pianist Roger L. Harris is a native Chicagoan, whose musical talents were evident at an early age. He began his formal piano training at the age of 6. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in music education from Roosevelt University in Chicago, he taught band, orchestra, choir, general music and commercial music in various Illinois and Indiana school districts.
Most recently, Roger accompanied award-winning actor Avery Brooks at the Gary, Indiana, anniversary gala. Roger also played a commissioned work with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, written in the Third stream jazz style.
As an adjunct faculty member, Roger currently teaches at Roosevelt University, The American Conservatory of Music in Indiana, and recently taught at the City Colleges of Chicago. Roger is also a member of the jazz ensemble of The Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College in Chicago. Roger is also a jazz mentor for the Title 1 program, “Music Alive,” founded by jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis. He plays regularly at Sullivan’s Steak House in Chicago.
Howard is writer and poet. He is also a staff writer for the South Bend Tribune.
Contact information: 574-235-6369,
Check out Roger's recording: The Roger Harris Trio "Live From Chicago" (release date 6/20/07) Personnel: Roger Harris (piano), Jake Vinsel (bass), Charles (Rick) Heath (drums).