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Gene Harris On Piano Jazz

Peter Symes

Pianist Gene Harris (1933 – 2000) was an integral part of the well-known group The Three Sounds trio, with bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy. After a brief hiatus in the 1970s, Harris teamed up with bassist Ray Brown to form a new group and also made his way as a solo act. An accomplished leader and sideman, Harris played with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls and B.B. King.

On this 1988 Piano Jazz episode, Harris opens with a slow and easy "Black and Blue," then Marian McPartland joins him on "Bag's Groove."

Originally broadcast Fall of 1988.

Set List

  • "Black and Blue" (Styne, Kahn, Waller )
  • "Georgia On My Mind" (Gorrell, Carmichael)
  • "Rose Room" (Hickman, Williams)
  • "Try a Little Tenderness" (Campbell, Connelly, Woods)
  • "Idaho" (Stone)
  • "Someone To Watch Over Me" (Gershwin, Gershwin)
  • "Lady Be Good" (Gershwin, Gershwin)
  • "At Last" (Warren, Gordon)
  • "Bag's Groove" (Jackson)
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