Evan Harris is a New York based saxophonist and composer, whose passion for jazz and improvised music has informed his unique sound on the saxophone.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Evan has established himself firmly as an instrumentalist, with performance credits including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, ARIA award winning ensemble Mara!, James Muller Quartet, Miguel Zenon’s “Identities are Changeable”, as well as having performed alongside Wynton Marsalis, Bill Charlap, Etienne Charles and Vince Giordano.
At the formative age of 24, Evan has been acknowledged with a number of accolades including the Gerry and Franca Mulligan Scholarship, the Mary H. Vinton Jazz Scholarship, the Edward Jabes Scholarship, the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, the Gluck Fellowship, the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund Grant, the Rose Mandelbaum Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship, the PPCA Performers' Trust Grant, the Barry Stewart Prize, Big Brother Movement’s Youth Support Jazz Award, Siena Jazz Festival Scholarship, a Juilliard Project Grant and a coveted Skills and Development Grant from the Arts Council of Australia.
Evan has toured metropolitan and regional Australia, the USA and Switzerland, and performed at such venues as the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Smalls Jazz Club, Alice Tully Hall and the Sydney Opera House.
Having graduated from the University of Sydney in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours First Class), Evan was awarded the University Medal - a credit recognising the most distinguished graduate. Evan completed a Master of Music (Jazz Studies) degree at the Juilliard School in 2018 and was subsequently awarded the William Schuman Prize, which recognises a graduate student of music for their outstanding achievement and leadership.
Evan leads his own band the Evan Harris Quintet and performs as a member of the Isaiah Thompson Quartet, and for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz For Young People Program, and for Music that Heals. His debut album Skylines has garnered critical and popular acclaim, having been nominated for three 2018 Australian Jazz Bell Awards; Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Best Produced Album and Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year. Evan was named 2018 Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year.
While serving as President of Sydney Youth Jazz Ensemble (2013-2016), and the Treasurer of the Jazzgroove Association, Evan became an active member of the artistic community, which he continues to represent as a part of the Sydney University Graduate Union of North America's Young Alumni Council, and as a peer assessor for Australian Arts Fund Grants.
As an educator, Evan has presented lecture-demonstrations, workshops and clinics on behalf of a variety of organisations including Lincoln Center Moments, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Musica Viva, Jazz Workshop Australia and the University of Sydney. Evan appears throughout NY as a teaching artist for S'Cool Sounds and operates his own private studio, which is based in Brooklyn.
“Evan is one of the most talented young musicians I’ve heard in a long time... I’m sure that we’ll be hearing a lot more from him in the near future.”
-- Miguel Zenon
“An extraordinarily gifted and accomplished saxophonist… he has left no stone unturned in his quest for knowledge.”
-- James Muller
“His knowledge and ability are rare in someone so young.”
-- Dale Barlow
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