Doni Harvey

Doni Harvey

BandBlues

I play a combination of my own " San Francisco style" contemporary acoustic blues together with some classic blues songs. I play six-string and twelve-string-slide guitar, while singing and telling stories in my compositions.

Biography

"The music I heard at home was mostly jazz, some blues and occasionally some R & B. Some of the artists I heard were my father Earl Harvey (who never performed professionally), Lou Rawls, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstein, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Jimmy Witherspoon and many others. Also there was the blues of B.B.King, Bobby Blue Bland and Louis Jordan, to name a few. My fascination with music lead me to pick up the guitar at an early age and begin to try to pick out things that I heard on the records. Having gone to church, mostly in California, has also had an effect on the music that I play. We were taught to sing with crisp diction in order that all of the words could be understood, some of this can be heard in my music. Then, there are the influences of classical music, reggae and world music, and all other forms of music. All of which I draw on to create and visualize the sounds and colors of my music.

I was first trained in classical music on the clarinet. Later I played cello for a short time but quickly went on to the bass violin because I felt drawn to this instrument. It was about then that I first played jazz while performing in a school talent show. I continued to play music throughout high school and college. It was seeing and listening to Jimi Hendrix that really inspired me to pursue the guitar as another instrument to play and perform. I have always tried to stretch the boundaries and open the possibilities – in life and in music. I feel that I'm still learning and will continue to learn the art of music and living. For to feel that you have learned all there is to know limits your expression, and the heights that you can reach"

Discography

1976 Automatic Man "Automatic Man" /Island Records
Automatic Man "My Pearl" (Single) /Island Records
The Real Thing "The Real Thing" /Pye Records
Gary Boyle "The Dancer" /Gull Records
1977 James Bond Movie: "The Spy Who Loved Me" /United Artist
Tapper Zukie "Liberation Struggle" /Star Records
The Family of Love "The Bible" /Polydor Records
Stomu Yamash'ta "Go Too" /Arista Records
1980 HARVEY "Myrtle/I Wanna See Ya Tonight" (Single) /Yevrah Moons Records
1983 HARVEY "HARVEY A-LIVE" (EP) /Yevrah Moons Records
1985 HARVEY "Survivor Population 3" /Yevrah Moons Records
1988 Jeff Normal and Magick "Return to Normalcy" /Aiwass Records
Don and Handbone "Radiation Nuclear Machine - Lady of the Eighties" /Roddo Records
1996 Dreadformation "Never Ending Game" /4th & Broadway Records
2000 Kalifornia Noize Terrorists "Kalifornia Noize Terrorists" /Classified Records
Doni Harvey "Your Blues Ain't Like My Blues" /Herman's
2002 Doni Harvey "Doni Harvey 'Live' ....telling" /DoniMusik