Jarrard Harris

Jarrard Harris

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Saxophonist and composer Jarrard Harris is Director of Midwest Young Artists’ Jazz Combo Program and MYA’s Jazz Ensemble. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Jarrard attended the Youth Performing Arts School, Louisville Youth Orchestra and the All-State Symphonic band and Jazz band before moving onto The University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music to further his jazz studies. There he studied with Rick VanMatre, Pat Harbison, and Marc Fields. Upon graduating from UC and a brief stint as educational intern for Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jarrard moved to Chicago to further his studies at DePaul University where in 2003 he obtained his Masters in Jazz Studies.

Jarrard currently lives in Chicago where he is on the jazz faculty at Columbia College of Chicago and serving as artist instructor with the Thelonious Monk/Gallery 37 jazz performance program. He maintains an active teaching studio, in addition to adjudicating college and high school jazz festivals, giving masterclasses, lectures and performing in the U.S. and abroad.

Jarrard is also a member of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jon Faddis. He has been privileged to have performed with but not limited to such musicians as Claudio Roditi, Joe Lovano, Jimmy Heath, Nicholas Payton, Gerald Wilson, Marcus Belgrave eric AlexanderIra Sullivan, and Kenny Werner.