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Where are you located?
Toronto Ontario, Canada
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Vocalist, Composer
Tell us a little about your background...
JUNE ‘PEPPER’ HARRIS
Musician, Vocalist, Composer, Playwright, Storyteller
“June ‘Pepper’ Harris, All Original” compilation CD, features a variety of her compositions in jazz, blues, Latin/jazz and cross-over jazz. The album was recorded in Winnipeg, with some of Canada’s finest musicians including arranger/horn player Dr. Bernie Rose (Instructor, New York School of Music); Walle Larsson (Flute & Sax), radio host for Cool Jazz FM and other artists. Also featured on the albums two Big Band numbers, “I Want a Goodlooking Lover” (Blues) and “I Never Could Say No” (Jazz Latin) are the Matti ‘Oilling’ Boiling Big Band featuring the noted sounds of alto saxophonist Richie Cole.
An experienced singer, pianist, composer and recording artist June “Pepper” Harris, June “Pepper” Harris, is an internationally known entertainer. This Chicago-born musician has performed as a solo artist and with trios (i.e. International Jazz Trio) in lounges, hotels, nightclubs, theatres, on radio, TV, concerts in the USA, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, The Middle East and Far East.
Harris has delighted audiences with her unique contralto style in six languages and has performed both as a piano bar artist, with trio in the United States, Canada, extensively in Singapore with SBC band; playing many return engagements there both as a single, with trio and on TV and radio Israel, Jakarta and Doha, Qatar. She also hosted fashion show for internationally known couturier designer Titvi in Singapore. Other tours included Israel, Jakarta and Doha, Qatar.
Ms. Harris’ worldwide tours included Barcelona, Spain, as soloist and second time Puerto Vallarta, Spain with trio, featuring jazz singer Chantal Aston; her daughter; extensive tours of Holland; Norway, Sweden and Finland. Harris played return engagements both as a solo musician and with her International Jazz Trio featuring British musicians Gerry Higgins, bassist and drummer/percussionist Keith Hall (formerly with ABBA) at the Hotel Ramada Presidentti in Helsinki; SAS Hotel in Bergen, Norway and Scandinavian Beer Fest, held in Singapore.
June has conducted jazz vocal workshops in Winnipeg for public service groups, Churches, high schools, University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba and the Professional Musician’s College. During 1996; she conducted jazz vocal workshops for the DuMaurier Cool Jazz Winnipeg Festival and also, The Kalamazoo National Jazz Festival for which she received a certificate of Merit from the Mayor of Kalamazoo for her participation and dedicated performance for children. In addition Ms Harris conducted a live televised vocal workshop with 22 students.

“Pepper” who is a member of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights; was commissioned by co-curator Patricia Clements and the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, to research, compose background music and score for her play “Journey To Freedom” In 1992 (About the escape of Black slaves to Upper Canada) which was presented at the museum’s Festival Hall; in conjunction with the first Manitoba celebrations of Black History Month, played to record crowds. “Journey to Freedom” was produced the second time in Winnipeg during 1998 at Winnipeg’s “Walker Theatre”.
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Through my friend, Keith Hall who is the former drummer with our "International Jazz Trio"
What Instrument do you play?
Vocalist, Piano
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http://June Pepper Harris, MySpace, Facebook

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Time Out 4 Jazz

Posted on December 16, 2012 at 2:32pm 0 Comments

Hi fellow music lovers; some of my songs from previous recordings, as well as more recent are now online at http://cdbaby.com/cd/june8 . 

 

This 10-song compilation consists primarily of Jazz, Jazz/Latin, Blues and smooth jazz (with a funky edge):

Ah yes, people; II was blessed to perform with the following amazing artists:  Alto sax; Walle Larsson, Kiki Misumi, cello; Bassist, George Koller; Bassist, Dave Young;…

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At 5:06pm on February 10, 2010, Jerri Johnson said…
June,
Thanks for a good conversation at dinner. It was a pleasure to get to know you better. You're an interesting woman who has led a very engaging life. The fascinating people that you have performed with and the fact that you continue your creative work through your writing is inspiring.
Jerri
At 8:08am on February 8, 2010, DICARLO PRODUCTIONS said…
Hi June,

Thanks for adding me as a friend.
Nice music on your page. Nice vocals.
Hey, since The Jazz Network theme is LOVE this month, I just posted a blog and am featuring my song "LOVE IS THE KEY" on my page.
Check it out. And leave a comment if you like.

Lots of Love.

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DICARLO
At 9:21pm on January 17, 2010, Albert Lucero said…
Thank you my new friend....

Albert
At 4:08pm on December 1, 2009, Holly Sampson-Hicks said…
Hello June, Hope all is LOVE... your bio is deep Lady. Very accomplished
Thank you, yes I am proud to have such a gifted & focused son. Solomon will hopefully be another positive addition to the Jazz/Blues & all around music family. Passing on our great music to the next generation in a skilled w/purpose manner that may inspire youth to pick up instuments. Holly
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