Allan Harris

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July 21, 2018. At the festival “Jazz on the Dnieper” will perform an American singer Allan Harris. You will hear not only the magical voice of Allan, but you can also enjoy his beautiful manner of conducting concerts.

Over the past 20 years, Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. Brooklyn-born and Harlem-based, he has forged his sterling credentials through his ten previous albums, covering a broad range of contexts, all netted together within the rich territory of the jazz tradition. In addition to his recordings, he has performed on a worldwide stage that has taken him to prestigious international festivals and halls in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as the 2012 Olympics in London.

At home, he has toured nationally at festivals and top venues, including New York’s Lincoln Center and D.C.’s Kennedy Center. He has received numerous awards, including the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” (which he won three times), the Backstage Bistro Award for “Ongoing Achievement in Jazz,” the Harlem Speaks “Jazz Museum of Harlem Award,” and the DownBeat Critic’s Poll Award for “Rising Star Vocalist.” Tony Bennett has called Allan “my favorite singer” and The New York Times’ Stephen Holden raves about “the protean talent that is Allan Harris”.

In the end of April Allan released a new album ” Genius of Eddie Jefferson” dedicated to 100-aniversary of jazz legend Eddie Jefferson. Surely this work will continue to build his legacy as another milestone in the extraordinary artistic aesthetic of Allan Harris. Actually this programm will be presented at Jazz on the Dnieper festival this year.

Together with Allan Harris on stage festival “Jazz on the Dnieper” will be performed already well-known and loved by the festival’s audience musicians:

  • Vincent Bourgeyx – keys
  • Darryl Hall – double bass
  • Lawrence Leathers – percussion

Vincent Bourgeyx is one of the leading jazz pianists of modern France. Born in Bordeaux in the family of the famous playwright Claude Burzheks. After receiving a university degree, he continued his education at Berkeley College of Music, where he became the first student to receive the Billboard prize, which provided him with a scholarship in training. At the same time, Vincent formed his own trio, with whom he played on a regular basis in the US and Japan. After graduating from college in 1997, he moved from Boston to New York, where he became an active participant in the musical scene of the capital of jazz. While working in the States, Vincent participated in the records of many musicians and performed with them at festivals and concert venues: Sweet Basil, The Blue Note, Smalls, The Jazz Festival, The Jazz Festivals in Monterey, Montreux, The phoenix jazz festival in Japan, The free jazz festival in Brazil, etc. He was a regular participant in the quartet of the famous Jane Iry Bloom. Vincent Burzheks taught piano at the Kobe Conservatory in Japan, took part in master classes at Berkeley College and the International Association of Jazz Educators. After returning home, he performs with leading European and American musicians: Pierre Boussaguet, Deborah Brown, Bobby Durham, Rave Coltraine, Avishai Cohen, Jean-Jacques Avenel, Karl Jannuska, Obed Calvaire, Dominick Farinacci, Olivier Ker Ourio, Méderic Colignon, Sara Lazarus , David Elmalek, Steve Grossman, Marc Thomas, André Ceccarelli, Eric Le Lann, Lew Tabackin, La Velle, Ted Curson, Hal Singer, Sangoma Everett, Jaleel Shaw Charnett Moffet, Rick Margitza … In autumn 2017, prestigious award Django Reinhardt, losing first place Cecile Maclaurin Salvan. He recorded several successful albums based on his author’s music: Un Ange Qui Ricane, Again, Hip, Short Trip. Vensen Burzheks’s new album is released in late 2018.

 Darryl Hall is an independent bass player living in France. He moved to Europe from New York, where he took an active part in the vibrant life of the music community. Now his community is the whole world, as Darryl constantly participates in projects with creative people from the US and Europe, traveling around the world. Darryl Hall was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He performed with many famous jazz artists from around the world, and in a variety of genres. During his New York period, Darryl collaborated with Mulgrew Miller, Carmen Lundy, Hank Jones, Geri Allen, James Williams, Regina Carter, Ravi Coltrane and Robert Glasper and many others. In 1996, he won the International Contest dedicated to Mononu’s Thelonious. Since 2004, Darryl has lived in France and performed throughout Europe with artists such as Martial Solal, Cedar Walton, Kirk Lightsey, Dianne Reeves, Didier Lockwood, Christian Escoude, Florin Nicolescu, Ximo Tebar, Enrico Piranunzi, Rosario Guiliani, Uri Caine, Joe Locke, Willie Jones, Wayne Escoffery, Laurent de Wilde and others. Being basically self-taught and dealing with jazz mentors like Gerald Price, Tyrone Brown, Tony Williams, Darryl mastered many musical genres. He is very close to the music of the Afro-American diaspora: jazz, gospel, soul and latin. And Darryl is fascinated by the music of Brazil.
Джаз на ДнепреLawrence Leathers is one of the most respected musicians of his generation. He was born in Lansing, Illinois in 1981, and at the age of 10 was passionately passionate about playing drums, and at 15 – Lawrence began his professional career. After moving to New York in 2007 to enter the famous Juilliard High School, his career began to develop rapidly. He performed and recorded with many famous musicians, including Winton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut, Christian McBride … Lawrence had long collaborated with Cecile MacLaurin Salvan during her first triumph for the Grammy Awards. “Drummer Lawrence Lezers is a percussionist who has very subtle nuances, he seems to be conjuring his instruments” – Marilyn Leicester