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Winard Harper: Multicultural Ambassador

By Published: October 30, 2006
WH: My thing now is to really get the band out there. Because it's a good band. It's an energetic band. I think we can help the music a lot. I think our approach to it can help bring in new listeners. That's one thing we would like to do, to bring in new listeners. Right now the jazz audience needs to be replenished. It would be nice when we do concerts to look out and see a good mix of people our age and younger. As well as the regular people who continue to come to the gigs.

AAJ: I think you are right. The band itself represents that mix. I think it's a great experiment.

WH: Well, we're workin' at it.

Selected Discography

Winard Harper Sextet, Make It Happen (Piadrum, 2006)
Nancy Wilson, Turned to Blue (MCG Jazz, 2006)
Billy Taylor, Taylor Made at the Kennedy Center (Kennedy Center Jazz, 2005)
David "Fathead Newman, I Remember Brother Ray (High Note, 2005)
Steve Turre, Spirits Up Above (High Note, 2004)
Winard Harper Sextet, Come Into the Light (Savant, 2004)
Winard Harper Sextet, A Time for the Soul (Savant, 2003)
David "Fathead Newman, The Gift (High Note, 2003)
Janis Siegel, I Wish You Love (Telarc, 2002)
Ray Bryant Trio, North of the Border (Label M, 2001)
Wycliffe Gordon, The Search (Nagel-Heyer, 2000)
Winard Harper Sextet, Faith with Carrie Smith (Savant, 2000)
Winard Harper, Tap Dancer (Savant, 1998)
Chico Freeman, Still Sensitive (India Navigation, 1996)
Carmen McRae/Betty Carter, Duets: Live at the Great American Music Hall (Polygram, 1996)
Don Braden, Organic (Columbia, 1995)
Winard Harper, Be Yourself (Epicure, 1994)
Etta Jones, At Last (Muse, 1993)
Houston Person, Why Not (Muse, 1990)
The Harper Brothers, Remembrance: Live at the Village Vanguard (Verve, 1989)
Betty Carter, Look What I Got (Verve, 1988)

Photo Credits:
Live Photos: Mark Sheldon Portrait courtesy of Winard Harper

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