Greg Harris

JAZZ Faculty

Instruments: Piano, Vibraphone
Education: M.M., CU Boulder; B.A., Fort Lewis College
Currently Teaching: Summer Programs

Multi-Instrumentalist Greg Tanner Harris leads the “Greg Harris Vibe Quintet,” and is a member of bluegrass legend Pete Wernick’s Flexigrass, hip-hop/jazz/soul group Future Jazz Project, New World Citizen Band, 9th & Lincoln Orchestra, and SuperCollider. Among his work as a studio musician, he has released 5 albums- Greg Harris Vibe Quintet, Open Space, Frames Live, Prospector Memory of Pilots featuring trumpeter Ron Miles, and World Citizen with West African master xylophonist Aaron Bebe Sukura. The Greg Harris Vibe Quintet’s new album Glass Gold was recently released on Dazzle Records.

Greg has a great interest in the West African Xylophone called the Gyil (pronounced JEE-lee), the national instrument of the Lobi and Dagara people of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. He has performed with Baaba Maal, Aaron Bebe Sukura, SK Kakraba, as the musical director for Prudence Mabhena from Zimbabwe, and also does regular fundraising performances for the Whole Planet Foundation. He also plays an assortment of frame drums from around the world, exploring the bodhrán of Ireland and the Doyra of Uzbekistan.

Greg is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received a Master of Music in Music Performance, Percussion at the University of Colorado Boulder and a Music Education and Music Performance Bachelor of Arts degree from Fort Lewis College. Greg is a private instructor, high school teacher, and freelance musician in the Denver/Boulder area and has performed nationally and internationally. Greg teaches Ethnomusicology, music theory, and is a Practicing Artist at the Denver School of the Arts.