Dr. Nelson Harrison
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Where are you located?
Pittsburgh, PA
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Vocalist, Educator, Clinician, Music Director, Author, Freelance Writer, Jazz Historian, Collector, Fan
Tell us a little about your background...
Nelson E. Harrison, Ph. D., ASCAP, clinical psychologist, educator, composer, arranger, trombonist, clinician, veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra (1978-81); played with Kenny Clarke, Billy Eckstine and Earl "Fatha" Hines, Jay McShann, Slide Hampton; recorded with Walt Harper, Nathan Davis and Count Basie; co-leader of jazz groups featuring Joe Harris and Andy Bey. Composer credits consist of over 300 original compositions including movie scores and soundtracks. He has written original lyrics to 125 bebop and hard bop standards that form the basis of the librettos for a series of 5 plays he calls Boperettas. He gives lectures and clinics on whole-brain jazz and creative writing and has presented a symposium he calls “The Metaphysics of Music” at major universities from coast-to-coast. He is a founding partner in the development of the African American Innovators Conservatory (AAIC) and has invented a unique ten inch long, five pound brass instrument he calls the "Trombetto" on which he can play 6 octaves chromatically.

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Through the Global Jazz Network
What Instrument do you play?
Vocalist, Piano, Trombone, Other
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://metamuse.webs.com

LYRICAL TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY GRIFFIN

LITTLE GIANT

Re: Riverside OJCCD 1855-2 (RLP-274) Can be recited or sung to "Little John" by John Hines, Prestige Music - BMI
Lyrics by Nelson E. Harrison, Timeslice Music/Mayah Publishing - ASCAP
[412-441-4545] / hipbopper@yahoo.com



Little John is his name…
Tenor sax and bebop is his game…
When you check out his act…
You will know he's a master in fact…
They call him the Little Giant… because he's not too tall…
But no one puts on his shoes… without feeling small.

When he straps on his horn…
You won't doubt this is why he was born…
In the sound of each note…
There's a lesson the student can quote…
The first chance I had to hear him… it was a lucky find…
He played with Thelonius Monk… and he blew my mind.

***

He established his worth…
Where du Sable had settled on Earth…
From the city of wind…
'Til the ears of the world had to bend…
A product of Walter Dyett's… Chicago legacy…
The reason he plays so well… is easy to see.

Now in France he resides…
While his music forever abides…
If you see him with Klook…
There'll be jazz fans wherever you look…
I'm talkin' 'bout Johnny Griffin… the leader of the band…
If you dig the tenor sax… then he's your man.



Author Copyright © 1998 - 2008 by Nelson E. Harrison, ASCAP PAu 2-413-092
All rights Reserved without Prejudice
Article 1 Constitution of the United States and 1-207 U.C.C.

NOTE: To hear the tune "Little John" to which this lyric was written go to my audio playlist.




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OUR BRAINS on MUSIC: THE SCIENCE *

Posted on June 30, 2009 at 4:33pm 0 Comments

NEW YORK TIMES

June 30, 2009

Television Review | 'Nova: Musical Minds'



By MIKE HALE



“Musical Minds,” the season premiere of “Nova” on PBS, is based on the neurologist Oliver Sacks’s most recent book, “Musicophilia,” a collection of case studies of people whose brains have unusual relationships to music, cases in which, as Dr. Sacks puts it, “music gets them going to an extraordinary degree.” A one-hour program can’t approach the depth and texture of… Continue

FREDDIE REDD IN NYC MARCH 27 & 28

Posted on March 22, 2009 at 1:40pm 0 Comments



Friday March 27

7:30 & 9:00 PM - The George Dulin Group

George Dulin - Piano , David Smith - Trumpet , Karel Ruzicka - Tenor Sax , Nir Felder - Guitar , Dan Zanker - Bass , Jordan Perlson - Drums

10:30 & 12:00 AM - The Legendary Freddie Redd Sextet featuring Chris Byars, Brad Linde, John Mosca

Freddie Redd - Piano , Chris Byars - Alto Sax , Brad Linde - Tenor Sax , John Mosca - Trombone , Ari Roland -…
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David ‘Fathead’ Memorial Monday, March 9th 7:00PM at St. Peters Church 619 Lexington (at 54th Street), New York City New York, New York 10022 212 935 2200 http://www.saintpeters.org/ David “Fathead…

Posted on February 16, 2009 at 3:08pm 0 Comments

David ‘Fathead’ Memorial Monday, March 9th 7:00PM at St. Peters Church

619 Lexington (at 54th Street), New York City

New York, New York 10022

212 935 2200

http://www.saintpeters.org/





David “Fathead" Newman



February 24, 1933 - January 20, 2009





http://www.davidfatheadnewmancom/



Musicians scheduled to appear

Joe Lovano

Javon Jackson

Cedar Walton,

David Williams

Rufus Reid

Frank…
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IAJE FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY - CANCELS 2009 CONVENTION

Posted on April 18, 2008 at 6:09pm 1 Comment

Dear IAJE Family,



It is with a great sense of loss that I inform you that despite drastic efforts to cut expenses and raise emergency funds, the IAJE Board has voted to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the Federal Bankruptcy Law. I want to thank profusely those who responded with their generous donations and offers of assistance following my last communication. While over 250 individuals contributed just over $12,000, this, along with the many other efforts and contributions of… Continue

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At 11:30am on January 30, 2010, dirk amrein said…
At 8:56am on October 25, 2009, loki said…
Blessings my friend. Smooth and Light, keep blowing that Horn!!

Smiles Loki ;)
At 12:34am on October 13, 2009, Craig Holiday Haynes said…
Greetings Dr. Harrison! How are you & what's new? What ever happened to those pictures you said you have of me?
All the best,
Craig
At 12:36pm on July 17, 2009, Thomas Hultén said…
Thanks for adding me! I'm releasing a jazz trombone album in the fall. You can listen to some of my previous recordings here:
http://www.thomashulten.com/category/music/
At 9:49am on July 15, 2009, loki said…
Hello there Dr. Harrison, been along time, hope all's well, have a fabulous day.

Smiles
LOKI
At 2:41pm on May 4, 2009, Bonnie Ross said…
Thank you for inviting me to this site I really like it! Hopefully soon I will be able to make it to one of your events. My schedule will be changing soon.
At 2:55pm on February 11, 2009, Jaijai Jackson said…
Hey Nelson, how are you? Enjoying your music, keep in touch I have some ideas for you...

~Jaijai
At 4:22pm on January 28, 2009, Ms Taylor P Collins said…
Nelson thank you so much for adding me as a friend..I am honored and humbled..God bless and thank you again..

Ms Taylor P Collins
At 2:38am on December 26, 2008, dirk amrein said…
At 5:39pm on December 14, 2008, Wm. L. Kauffman said…
As I start to find my way around this great site, I am pleased and blessed to have come in contyact with so many from all ages, styles, cultures, etc. This is going to be a great part of my journey.

Perhaps our paths will meet in the future for teh exchange of ideas and goals.
 
 
 

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