Lezlie Harrison
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  • New York
  • United States
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Brooklyn, NY
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Over the last several years Lezlie Harrison’s burnished, soulful alto and striking beauty and distinctive blend of jazz, classic 70's soul, and original music has become a fixture on the New York jazz scene.

Often heard around New York City in venues like Sweet Rhythm, the Zinc Bar, and the St. Nick’s Pub, Harrison also plays frequently at the Jazz Gallery with her own group and with Roy Hargrove --- All About Jazz voted one such engagement with Hargrove “Best Performance” of 2006. Luminaries like Dr. Lonnie Smith and Grady Tate have brought her funky, sultry presence to their bandstands, and Alex Diaz y Son del la Calle often use Lezlie as their featured vocalist at SOB. Harrison performs at Sweet Rhythm in Greenwich Village, weekly for Rhythm and Blues Tuesday’s and hosts the “Sunday Evening Jazz Jam” at Frank’s Lounge in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. She was the featured vocalist at last year’s Charlie Parker Jazz festival, opening for Abbey Lincoln at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. International engagements include extended gigs in Paris, Istanbul and Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera, and St. Martin.

Harrison has excelled in other area of creative performance. These include early theatrical experiences with the NEC and success as an on-air radio personality, first with a weekly jazz program at WBGO, and more recently hosting the blues channel on Sirius Satellite radio. Harrison is a co-founder of The Jazz Gallery.

Harrison is currently at work on her debut CD featuring her band, Saul Rubin on guitar, Greg Lewis on B3 organ, and Alfredo “ Catfish” Alias on drums, with a guest appearance by trumpeter Roy Hargrove. On it, Lezlie draws upon the deepest foundations of her musical orientation: the soul music that surrounded her during formative years in Harlem, the gospel music she sang as a child in her grandfather’s Methodist church in North Carolina. Drawn to male vocalists Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Sly Stone, and Johnny Hartman, Harrison’s trademark has been to update classic 70’s soul repertoire with a modern outlook. She calls them “the soul standards that shaped my life.”

After recently seeing Harrison sing, actor Kevin Bacon described her as “a very endearing performer.” She moves from a deeply felt blues to a swinging jazz tune, then takes it home with a soulful ballad that brings tears to your eyes. And you the audience are right there with her.

…knows how to deliver lyrics with feeling and tempo, Will Friedwald, New York Sun
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A beboppin' rabbitt.
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http://www.lezlieharrison.com

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At 7:31am on December 21, 2008, Margaret Murphy said…
Thanks for the Holla Back! Good luck on the recording session; I know the music will be fantastic! Have a Merry Christmas and a Musical, Jazzy New Year!
At 6:16pm on September 25, 2008, Margaret Murphy said…
Girl, I love your voice! Ya got phrasing down to a science; great job on What A Little Moonlight......
Peace and Blessings.
At 6:10pm on September 15, 2008, Noelle said…
Hugs Ms. Lezlie!:) I will definitely check you & your band out at Sweet Rhythms when I hit the City in the coming months! Stay cool...Noelle:)
At 2:37pm on September 15, 2008, Airborne said…

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At 1:54pm on August 28, 2008, Noelle said…
Hugs Lezlie & I'm long over due for checking out the Jazz Gallery! Hoping to catch you giggin in NYC this fall. Peace & blessings...N:)
At 7:53am on August 28, 2008, Noelle said…
Nice new video Ms. Harrison! Keep the "soul" of jazz flowing...:) Peace & blessings...Noelle:)
At 10:37pm on March 28, 2008, Maria Howell said…
Hi Lezlie,

Loving your sounds! I am so glad I'm up late browsing...otherwise, I wouldn't have come across your soulful and sassy sound.

I will be in NYC in May, hope to catch one of your performances.

Musical love,

Maria
www.mariahowell.com
At 8:30am on March 14, 2008, Lezlie Harrison said…
Fo'Shizzle!
At 4:55am on March 14, 2008, Lafayette Harris, Jr. said…
Welcome as a friend. I'll be with Ernestine at Dizzy's Apr 1 thru the 6th. I want to see you there! And let's hit soon!
Lafayette
At 6:47am on February 28, 2008, Vincent Henry said…
Hi Lezlie,
Long time! Glad all is going well with your musical career. All the best,
Vince
 
 
 

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