Howard C. Harris, Jr., Director of Musical Arts, is an arts pioneer, composer, performing artist and world-revered music educator. He serves as Professor of Music and Founder and Director of Jazz Studies at Texas Southern University. He also founded the People’s Workshop, the first Black-originated and multi-cultural arts organization of Houston to present in the city’s major performing arts venues. A few of his former participants and students are Yolanda Adams, Kirk Whalum, Beyonce, Preston Middleton, Bernard Pierre, Vincent Powell, Horace Alexander Young and Josh Dunham.
Harris, a published composer and author, is featured in the Schrimer-published book, African American Music: An Introduction by Earl Steward. With co-author William Fielder of Rutgers University, he wrote The Complete Book of Improvisation/Composition and Funk Techniques, the first book of its kind to tie in scripture and biblical principles with the art of jazz improvisation.
The Complete Book…is quoted in other books on music. Additionally, Harris is the sole African-American Houstonian whose works have been performed by the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras that have performed his works include the Baltimore, New Orleans, Fort Worth and Savannah symphonies. His works as a creative writer also include multi-disciplinary stage works that have been performed nationally and internationally.
- Sheldon T. Nunn – Music Director
- ALL ABOUT JAZZ: “Jazz at Lincoln Center: “Is Jazz Black Music?”
- Getting to Know Horace Alexander Young
- Jazz bassist and R&B singer visits KTSU
- Houston International Jazz Festival 2011
Category: Artist Spotlight