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Happy Hour: Zacc Harris


In the 12 years since he first moved to Minnesota from southern Illinois, this remarkably fluid guitarist has positioned himself at the center of the Twin Cities jazz world...Whether playing alongside the McKnight-winning Atlantis Quartet or fronting his own Zacc Harris Group, Harris makes his mark, incorporating lessons from the greats into his own forward-looking style." - City Pages

Since moving to Minneapolis in 2005, Zacc Harris has gained a reputation as one of the area's top guitarists, being named 2017 Twin Cities Best Jazz Artist by the City Pages. He performs in a host of creative projects including Atlantis Quartet, winner of the 2015 McKnight Fellowship and named 2011 Best Jazz Artist, as well as the Zacc Harris Group, American Reverie, and Zacc Harris Trio.

Harris has toured as leader and sideman throughout the US and UK, including a 2016 run with Zacc Harris Group at London's famed Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Jazz Improv Magazine says, "Harris delivers a sound that is lucid, clear...providing rich-sounding accompaniment, and well-crafted solos" while Cadence Magazine calls some of Harris' work on Atlantis Quartet's most recent album "worthy of John McLaughlin." MPR News states, "Harris makes his own mark on standards with enough new hooks to keep jazz alive."

In 2012, Harris released his first album as leader, THE GARDEN, on Shifting Paradigm Records. City Pages writer Rick Mason says, "The Garden showcases Harris's compositions, which adeptly and compellingly link the past and future of jazz, and guitar work, which is consistently articulate with an enticing fluidity seemingly influenced by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny." The American Composers Forum chose Harris for one of its three Minnesota Emerging Composers Awards in 2016, to write and record a second album with this group in 2017.

Zacc is also a busy sideman, having performed and recorded with countless artists, including Debbie Duncan, Bruce Henry, Babatunde Lea, Eric Gravatt, Ben Wendel, Michael Janisch, and Nancy Harms. Currently, he plays with Jt Bates' Grain Trio, Lars-Erik Larson's Mancrush, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band, Dean Granros’ Tall Tales and Adam Meckler Quintet.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Zacc has studied privately with Adam Rogers, Jonathan Kreisberg, Gilad Hekselman, Nir Felder, Miles Okazaki, Mike Moreno, Liberty Ellman and Fareed Haque. Zacc has taught privately for the past 20 years and is currently adjunct faculty in the music department at Hamline University and Carleton College in Northfield, MN.


2017 City Pages Best Jazz Artist 2016 Minnesota Emerging Composer Award 2015 McKnight Fellowship For Performing Musicians (Atlantis Quartet) 2011 City Pages Best Jazz Artist (Atlantis Quartet)

Selected Discography:

Zacc Harris // American Reverie (2017) Atlantis Quartet // X (2016) Cory Healey’s Beautiful Sunshine Band // Beautiful Sunshine (2015) Adam Meckler Quintet // Wander (2015) Mancrush // Authentic Midwestern (2015) Dean Granros’ Tall Tales // Tall Tales (2014) Atlantis Quartet // Expansion (2013) Zacc Harris Group // The Garden (2012) Atlantis Quartet // Lines In the Sand (2011) Atlantis Quartet // Animal Progress (2009) Atlantis Quartet // Again, Too Soon (2007)

Later Event: August 22
David Zollo