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Donald Harrison Quintet In Concert

Donald Harrison leads his quintet in concert.
Henry Hayes/Courtesy of Berklee College of Music

Donald Harrison leads his quintet in concert.

Donald Harrison Quintet: Live At Berklee

January 1, 2014 A Jazz Messenger, a Young Lion, a New Orleans torchbearer, a mentor for new talent: when leading bands, the "King of Nouveau Swing" merges all that and more. The alto saxophonist leads a young rhythm section on New Year's Eve.

Since attending Berklee College of Music, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison has been a Jazz Messenger, a leading Young Lion, a New Orleans torchbearer, and a famed mentor for new talent. As a bandleader, he merges all that and more. Accompanied by a young rhythm section and fellow New Orleanian Detroit Brooks (guitar), the "King of Nouveau Swing" returns to his alma mater — where, incidentally he also played Toast of The Nation a decade ago. The concert, part of the First Night Boston festival, was hosted by Eric Jackson of WGBH.

Set List
  • "Free To Be" (Harrison)
  • "Nouveau Swing" (Harrison)
  • "Quantum Leap" (Harrison)
  • "Misty" (Burke/Garner)
  • "The Sand Castle Head Hunter" (Harrison)
  • "Hu Tah Nay"/"Hey Pocky Way" (Traditional)
Personnel
  • Donald Harrison, alto saxophone
  • Detroit Brooks, guitar
  • Zaccai Curtis, piano
  • Max Moran, bass
  • Joe Dyson, drums
Credits

Antonio Oliart/WGBH, mix engineer. Recorded Dec. 31, 2013.

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