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Anton Harris Quartet (Wednesday Night Jazz at ESP)

Wednesday Night Jazz at ESP! Always fun, always free! No one remembers musicians who play it safe. Great and memorable musicians redefine music with their uncanny ability to stretch and combine many genres and mediums. Now Anton Harris enters into the dialogue regarding great jazz musicians who possess the dexterity to translate multiple genres into one cohesive, yet dynamic story. Whether hip-hop or electronica, rock or gospel, Harris seamlessly sews traditional and experimental patches of sound together to create a musical quilt that warms the soul. Anton was born in San Francisco, California in 1977. Growing up in a musically talented family, Harris, from a young age, was influenced by various styles of music, from classical to gospel to jazz. He began his formal instruction at age five at the Yamaha Music School in Savannah, GA. At age seven the family moved to Statesboro, GA where he continued to study piano under the tutelage of Mr. Wimberly Ponder. He credits Dr Larry Taylor, a longtime family friend, as the person who got him hooked on jazz. During the fifth grade, Harris joined his middle school’s band and began to develop his interest in the saxophone. While in high school, Harris was chosen for the Georgia All-State Concert Band, the All-State Jazz Ensemble, toured seven European countries with the U.S. Collegiate Wind Band and was lead tenor saxophone in Georgia Southern University’s Jazz Ensemble. In 1996 Harris moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia State University where he received his Bachelors of Music (2001) and Masters of Music in Jazz Studies (2005).