This week at Jazz @ The Oxford we have something of a special event, as we get to open our doors to a special guest from across the pond, welcoming the brilliant guitarist and composer Zacc Harris!
Zacc Harris Quartet:
Zacc Harris – guitar / compositions
George Crowley – tenor sax
Michael Janisch – double bass
Andrew Bain – drums
It’s a privilege and a pleasure to welcome Minneapolis-based Zacc Harris to The Oxford for the first time, performing a selection of his original compositions with a stellar UK quartet.
Originally from Long Beach, CA, and now resident of the Twin Cities, Zacc Harris is one of the leading voices on his instrument in the American Midwest. As co-leader of the group Atlantis Quartet, which won the esteemed McKnight Fellowship in 2015, he has garnered praise in Jazz Inside Magazine who say, “Harris delivers a sound that is lucid, clear…providing rich-sounding accompaniment and well-crafted solos.” While JazzTimes Magazine says, “Twin Cities jazz renegades Atlantis Quartet shift nimbly from a punk-jazz aesthetic to an ECM-ish sensitivity…startlingly orginal.”
Harris has played as sideman with a number of jazz luminaries including Eric Gravatt (Weather Report), Ben Wendel (Kneebody), Michael Lewis (Happy Apple), Babatunde Lea, Michael Janisch, and Nancy Harms, and has studied with a number of leading modern guitarists such as Adam Rogers, Jonathan Kreisberg, Miles Okazaki, Steve Cardenas, and Gilad Hekselman.
Harris released his debut as leader in 2012 on Shifting Paradigm Records, with The Garden. The album received wide praise, with the City Pages saying, “The Garden showcases Harris’ compositions, which adeptly and compellingly link the past and future of jazz, and his guitar work, which is consistently articulate with an enticing fluidity seemingly influenced by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny.”
For this performance, as part of his first trip to the UK as a performer, Zacc will be joined by longtime associate, Whirlwind Records label boss and go-to bassist Michael Janisch (Joe Lovano, Gary Husband), Birmingham-based drummer Andrew Bain (Dave Liebman, Jacqui Dankworth) and George Crowley on tenor.
This promises to be an amazing night of original music, do come down!
As ever, doors 8:30, music from 9; entry £10 / 5.
See you there!