Harvie Swartz

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

6 December 1948, Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA. Swartz’s early musical background found him playing piano and he earned a degree in piano and composition at the Berklee College Of Music. He began playing bass in his late teens, first working in and around Boston before moving to New York. During the 70s and on through the next two decades, he played with many well-known musicians from the jazz world, among them Mose Allison, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Mike Abene, the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Jan Hammer and Eddie Daniels. He also enjoyed a long and fruitful musical partnership with Steve Kuhn. Additionally noted for his teaming with David Friedman, Swartz also attracted attention for his accompaniment of singers, working with Chris Connor, Jackie Cain and Roy Kral, Jackie Paris, Mary Pearson and, most notably, Sheila Jordan. With Jordan, Swartz recorded almost a dozen albums over a 14-year period. The sensitivity of...

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