Posts Tagged ‘Jazz Messengers’

Communicating, Connecting

Friday, August 6th, 2010
Donald Harrison

Donald Harrison

I heard a story today on NPR about the distinct voice of rapper Biggie Smalls (they described his sound as wheezy and humid).  I also learned that jazz musician Donald Harrison, who played a concert here last summer, provided some early musical mentorship for BIG.

Harrison also talked about their connection in an interview on Afropop.

Power of Cool

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Donald Harrison, cookin

The King of Nouveau Swing Donald Harrison, Jr. brought his bold sax (plus dance moves) to Syracuse last week and spiced up the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival like a plate of red beans and rice.  His band members, average age about 19, were the perfect compliment and despite the rain, they belted out enough flavor to make Clinton Square sound more like Congo Square…at least for an hour or so.