RECORDED LIVE AT GRANTS TOMB! Winard Harper on Drums, Tadatak Unno on Key Boards; Dishan Harper, Bass; Gabriel Roxbury, Djembe; Anthony Ware, Saxophone; Teddy Chubb, Trumpet; Ms. Kameelah Harper Vocalist.
Harper's first major gig was with Dexter Gordon in 1982, and shortly thereafter with Johnny Griffin. It wasn't long before his drumming skills captured the attention of Betty Carter. He spent four years as drummer with Ms. Carter's band, also working as a sideman to such jazz legends as Ray Bryant, Abdullah Ibrahim, Pharoah Sanders and Clifford Jordan, yet still keeping his own band working on his days off . This was the early days of The Harper Brothers.
"The Harper Brothers" was one of the hottest groups of the post-bop era of the late '80s, early '90s. If you were lucky enough to see The Harper Brothers live, you might have thought you'd been transported back in time, when bebop wizards were the toast of the town.
In the early 1990's Winard changed direction. Further inspired by the musician- and leadership of Dr. Billy Taylor and Billy Higgins, he went on to record a number of albums featuring collaborations with an ever surprising range of jazz greats, while building a strong sextet.
Harper has been among the celebrated drummers in jazz for many years. He is a virtuoso on the drum set and the balafon, the West African equivalent of the marimba, he is a sought after collaborator at home and abroad, a band leader of his quartet, his quintet and his exciting band the Jeli Posse, a regular with the legendary New York clubs, an educator of future jazz professionals. "Bringing Jazz to the community from which it originated, relating the story of The Great American Art Form, the only music that is 100% "made in America", spreading the joy that Jazz brings is the quest to which Winard Harper is dedicating himself.
Following in the footsteps of Jazz Giants before him - Winard continues to mentor younger players, often giving them a chance to play before festival and major night club audiences!
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