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'Big Chief' Donald Harrison

4th November 2024, 5.30pm

In 1979, at the tender age of nineteen, Harrison revolutionised the jazz landscape by infusing modern jazz elements into the New Orleans second-line tradition, showcased in his composition, "New York Second-Line". Moving into the mid-1980s, Harrison pioneered the "Nouveau Swing," a unique amalgamation of the swing rhythm of modern jazz, hip-hop, funk and soul music.

Ticket prices

£35 – £50

Line-up

‘BIG CHIEF’ DONALD HARRISON – alto sax
DAN KAUFMAN – piano
NORIATSU NARAOKA – bass
JOE DYSON – drums

At the age of nineteen, Harrison created a modern jazz take on the New Orleans second-line tradition and introduced his composition New York Second-Line to the jazz world in 1979. By the mid-’80s, he created Nouveau Swing, a distinctive sound that blended the swing beat of modern jazz with hip-hop, funk, and soul music. In the ’90s, Harrison recorded hits in the smooth jazz genre. He began exploring music through the lens of quantum physics in 2000. With quantum jazz, Harrison heard how to move music from a two-dimensional state into a four-dimensional state. In 2022 Harrison received the prestigious NEA Jazz Master Award.

Harrison is the recognized Big Chief of Congo Square in Afro-New Orleans culture and was made a Chief in 2019 by Queen Diambi Kabatusuila in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.