Began to play the saxophone in 1956; Played blues & r&r in high school (1960-64) liked O.Coleman. Heard Ben Webster in 1964 & decided to play the tenor saxophone. Taught reading @ IS88 NYC & studied w/ Joe Henderson; Met Dexter Gordon in Copenhagen in 1970 & thanked him; Met Sonny Stitt in NYC in 1975, thanked him, and played for him until he passed ( see Downbeat: Caught in The Act Feb '75 ) Met Bobby Johnson Jr. in 1978 and worked with him until his passing June '01. Co-founded the Kansas City Sound in 1995 with Bill Crow and included all my friends: Ed Diehl, Gene Randolph, Marvin B. Smith, Taro Okamoto,Ray Mosca, Joel Bishop O'Brien , Billy Alfred, Mike Kull, Marty Napoleon, Roswell Rudd, Eddie Bert,Fred Jacobs, Fred Smith, Bobby Johnson Jr,Ron Finck, Hugh Brodie,Walter Booker, Allen Murphy,Matt Finck,Larry Packer,Kitt Potter,Glenda Davenport,Rita Kaiser,Josh Schneider,Gary Sloane,Rob Blumenthal,Tootsie Bean,Larry Moses,Dennis Makrell,Ira Coleman,Thurman Barker, Bubba Brooks,Cameron Brown. ( That's a lot of friends who like to swing !) Some have passed on ; the music keeps living on. It's visited by greatness. Current sub-set is called "The KC Four & More"
'The Art of Sax' : Luminarie Publishing
Selmer Paris Saxophones: Mark VI & VII;
Haynes Flute; Selmer Centertone Clarinet
'He unleashed a ...fresh...solo that anyone would have been
proud of playing....Sonny (Stitt) likes him
& it's easy to hear why !"
Scott Albin : Caught in The Act : Downbeat: 02/75
"Harvey's playing starts with a great respect for Lester Young, but doesn't
imitate him. His sound on all his instruments is more vigorous than Lester's.
He is a strider, not a floater, a Pavarotti rather than a Sinatra. He is bold,
clear, agile and resonant, and his sense of humor accompanies his sense of
artistic design. Here he has chosen material that ranges from Armstrong to
Monk, and in his imaginative renditions he always speaks in his own unique
Willing to teach
Dynamic Breath Control, from Carmine Caruso;
The Dominant 7th System of Tonal Organization , from Joe
Methodo Solfeo, from Maestro Alberto Soccaras
Availability flexible; sliding scale; some beginners / intermediate accepted