June "Pepper" Harris

June "Pepper" Harris

BandJazzBlues

June "Pepper" Harris, originally from Chicago plays in her own style, a groovy piano jazz, Latin/jazz, Latin ballads and blues/funk. Swinging soulful, timeless groove sounds that recorded with some of the worlds' finest jazz players in Canada and Finland

Biography

My musical style is jazz, blues, Latin/Jazz and Latin blues. It swings, is finger-snapping, rhythmic, lyrical content that are mood enhancing.

ABOUT THE BAND:
I have recorded with each of these guys on occassion (Chris Gillies on my recent CD) and also performed many times in clubs, special events etc). Each musician is versatile, professional well-known artists in clubs, theatre, special events and festivals in Winnipeg and Manitoba. They are great players on their instruments and the feelings and groove we express when performing together come across to the audience.

PERSONAL INFLUENCES
My personal influences vary from Count Basie, Errol Garner, B.B. King to Herbie Hancock, James Brown and Earth, Wind and Fire, Tito Puentes to name but a few greats. My style has evolved from my roots in Chicago to years of works with a variety of artists that I was fortunate to play with before I moved to Toronto.

Prior to my last Winnipeg Jazz Festival performance at 'Decanters' with guest saxman Walle Larsson and group in 2006. Deano Dean and I performed with his 'Fat Chance Blues Band' at Winnipeg's Lyric Theatre for the 'Hurricane Katrina Benefit concert as part of the Owen Clark-Winnipeg Musicians Union charity event. Included amongst my worldwide performances are as featured singer with the Matti ‘Oilling’ Boiling Big Band in Helsinki at the Savoy Theatre and for Finks/Norsk Radio in Helsinki Finland. Other tours include worldwide performances in clubs, TV and special events

THE BAND
The musicians (all professionals), in this band all play blues, jazz and Latin-style music.

I have conducted jazz vocal workshops at the University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, The Professional Musician's College, highschools, The Kalamazoo National Jazz Festival in Michigan (Televized live) and Cool Jazz Winnipeg Festival

JEFF PRESSLAFF
has become a mainstay of the jazz scene since moving to Canada in 1977. Born in New York, educated at Princeton and Wesleyan universities, Presslaff has had a varied career working with many distinguished jazz musicians including, Benny Carter, Bill Barron, Ed Blackwell, roswell Rudd, Sheila Gordon, Stanley Jordan, Steve Nelson and many others.

MY STORY
In the works, recording my next album (in 2010) "Basically Blues" which will consist of 12 original songs in the Blues/Latin idiom 1. JEFF PRESSLAFF a mainstay of the jazz scene since moving to Canada in 1977. Born in New York, educated at Princeton and Wesleyan universities. Presslaff has such distinguished jazz musicians including, Benny Carter, Bill Barron, Ed Blackwell, Roswell Rudd, Sheila Gordon, Stanley Jordan, Steve Nelson and many others.
Saxman Deano Dean, well known blues man, is known for his screaming, soulful playing and also, one of the founders of The Winnipeg
Blues Society.

Bob Jackson, bassist is a regular with the George Reznik Trio at "Pembies"has performed with leading bands in clubs, venues and TV.
Versatile bassist, singer (perfect pitch) with whom I've worked many gigs, festivals throughout the years and concerts has also performed Canada-wide and featured is on my CD's.

Guitar wiz Chet Breau (I performed onstage and for TV with his dad, the great Lenny Breau) runs his own guitar school.

Discography


Tracks from my "June Pepper Harris, All Original" compilation CD are available online at CDBaby, Itunes, Apple and MySpace.com

Set List

1. Good Looking Lover (R&B)
2. Night Train *Jazz
3. You're Gonna Be Sorry (Blues)
4. Everytime I Try To Get Ahead *R&B
5.The Day The Rains Come Down (Blues
6.Hold On *Smooth/Latin Jazz
7. I Never Could Say No *Latin/Jazz
8. After Hours *Blues
9. It Ain't All That Hot *Crossover/Bop/Funk
10. Paris in the Spring*Latin (By Ken Campbell)
11. Song For My Father *Jazz/Latin