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Jerome Harris

Jerome Harris

Jerome Harris

Jerome Harris

Jerome Harris

Halfling™ Bass Player

Jerome Harris


Jerome Harris has won international recognition as one of the more versatile and penetrating stylists of his generation on both guitar and bass guitar. And we are so pleased that he plays a Bobby Vega Bass. Click here to listen to some of his recordings on the Halfling.


Born and raised in New York, Mr. Harris began his instrument studies on accordion, then played violin in a middle-school orchestra. Self-taught on guitar as well as bass guitar, as a teenager he immersed himself in a broad range of music; rock, pop, blues, country, gospel, folk and R&B as both fan and player. In addition to his work on guitar and bass guitar, Mr. Harris performs as a singer, has done voice-over work for audio production houses, and studies several percussion instruments.


After earning a B.A. in psychology and social relations at Harvard College in 1973, Harris attended New England Conservatory of Music as a scholarship student in jazz guitar. He graduated with honors in 1977.


Mr. Harris' first major professional performances were as bass guitarist with Sonny Rollins in 1978; from 1988 to 1994 he was Rollins' guitarist, and appears on five of his recordings. Over the past two decades, Mr. Harris has also recorded and performed live on six continents with such jazz notables as Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Ray Anderson, Don Byron, Bobby Previte, Oliver Lake, Amina Claudine Myers, Bob Stewart, George Russell, Julius Hemphill, and Bob Moses.


Click here to view Mr. Harris' website. All photos by Laurika Harris-Kaye.


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