Learning from Barry Harris

Written by on November 5, 2015

Pianist Barry Harris
Barry Harris (photo: Mirko Caserta)

Pianist, composer, music theorist, and educator Barry Harris is one of our last links to the extraordinary and rich BeBop tradition pioneered by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, and more.

What’s lucky for us, however, is that Barry Harris (sometimes nicknamed “Coach”), has worked tirelessly to impart his knowledge to other musicians for decades, holding court in a weekly lesson series. For those in the NYC area, this is an essential event to check out.

AllAboutJazz.com recently ran a wonderful interview and profile on Barry Harris, which you can find here. Through it, you can learn more about his life and his methodology.

Once you’re done, check out our own video series with Barry Harris, covering Jazz theory. It’s a very advanced video series, so take your time, and re-watch as often as you need!

Part one below: