“Bill Harris is a master"
“An appealing combination of lucidity, logic and lyricism marks Harris's playing"
—The Washington Post
Now that internationally known D.C.-area jazz pianist Bill Harris has added singing to his musical repertoire, he is able to bring sophisticated harmonies, seductive phrasing and warm interpretations to the melodies and lyrics of the Great American Songbook and many jazz standards. Much of his vocal inspiration comes from Frank Sinatra, Shirley Horn, Nat “King” Cole and the enduring Tony Bennett, among others.
Well-known in D.C. for his nearly 20 years as resident pianist at the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel’s Nest Jazz Club and Willard Room, Bill has also performed at the renowned Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, the many Smithsonian stages, L.A.’s Jazz Bakery, Snug Harbor in New Orleans and numerous jazz festivals. He’s also shared the stage with such jazz stars as The Heath Brothers, Bucky Pizzarelli, Hendrick Meurkins, Tim Hagans and John Heard, as well as with Washington, D.C. luminaries Keter Betts, Buck Hill, Chuck Redd, Marshall Keys, Tommy Cecil, James King, David Jernigan, Tony Martucci and Tom Baldwin.
Bill's CDs “Invitation,” “Solo + One,” “Encompass Quartet” (featuring Albert “Tootie” Heath and Herman Riley) and “Holiday Improvisations” have all received critical acclaim. Bill is listed in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Best of Jazz in DC” and won the Hennessy Cognac “Best of DC Jazz Competition.”
Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Bill has resided in the D.C. metro area since 1965, and has studied with local masters John Eaton and Les Karr, among many others, and with New York jazz piano legend Barry Harris. Bill also cites the influence of many jazz greats, among them Bill Evans, Oscar Petersen, Wynton Kelly and Reuben Brown.