Tom Harrell

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 June 1946, Urbana, Illinois, USA. Harrell’s family moved to San Francisco when he was five and he started playing the trumpet when he was 13. After playing with the Jazz Workshop in the late 60s, Harrell toured with the Stan Kenton and Woody Herman bands. After several years with Horace Silver during the 70s Harrell moved to New York, where he performed with Chuck Israels’ National Jazz Ensemble, Azteca and Arnie Lawrence’s Treasure Island. He also played with Cecil Payne, Bill Evans and Lee Konitz, and during the 80s Phil Woods expanded his quartet to a quintet with the addition of Harrell. His late 90s octet was a compelling mix of talent and experience, featuring trombonist Wayne Andre, tenor saxophonists Don Braden and Greg Tardy, baritone Gary Smulyan, pianist Xavier Davis, bass player Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Billy Hart.

An incisive and precise bop trumpeter with a clear, even tone, and one of music’s most gifted...

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