Tenor Saxophonist Herb Harris was born in Washington D.C. July 8, 1968. He began his musical journey on clarinet at age 12. Upon entering high school, he switched to alto saxophone, a more "manly" instrument in the marching band, then switched to tenor saxophone at age 17.
His interest in jazz peaked when he heard a recording of John Coltrane's Giant Steps. Early on, he admired the sound and style of Dexter Gordon. Other influences include Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt and Charlie Parker.
Upon graduating high school, Harris spent several years of study at Florida A&M University. It was while attending the university that Harris met and jammed with Marcus Roberts