Barry performing at the Piano
Photo Credit: R. Williams

Enter here to listen, to learn, to understand

To give and to grow…for to

Heighten and enlighten the minds

Of all is the challenge and towards this goal we will

Strive in oneness


Barry Harris is an Internationally renowned Jazz Pianist, Composer and Teacher. 
Dr. Harris has devoted his life to the advancement of Jazz and in the 1980’s founded the Jazz Cultural Theatre. For the past several decades Dr. Harris has been an exponent of the classic Jazz style that was developed by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Coleman Hawkins.

Dr. Barry Harris receives frequent requests to appear as a guest lecturer by Universities and various musical venues all over the world. His lectures and interactive instrument and vocal workshops focus on the complete aspects of music including improvisation, harmonic movement and theory. His schedule includes lectures in the United States, Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Japan. When he is not traveling, Dr. Harris holds weekly music workshop sessions in New York City for vocalists, students of piano other instruments.

Recognition Awards

May 10, 2019Honorary Degree of Doctor of Musical ArtsManhattan School of Music
Honorary DegreeLewis College of Business
Oct. 22, 2000Dr. Harris inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame for lifetime achievements & contributions to the world of JazzNJ Jazz Society Institute of Jazz Studies
The State University of New Jersey-Rutgers
April 24, 19991999 Mentor AwardManhattan Country School
Sept. 19, 1998Lifetime Achievements Award
For Contributions To The Music World from the National Association of Negro Musicians
The High Cs of Westchester, Inc Branch, Tarrytown, NY
Sept. 15, 1998Congratulatory Letter as a Jazz Musician and EducatorU.S. White House
May 24, 1998Flo-Bert AwardNY Community Celebrates National Tap Dance Day at Town Hall
Oct. 26, 1997Dizzy Gillespie Achievement AwardThe Bloomingdale Area Coalition
Sept. 27, 1997Recognition of Excellence in Jazz Music and EducationThe World Stage and Leimert Park, California
Nov. 13, 1996Living Legacy Jazz Award
Presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing in Washington D.C.
The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Presented by Alan W. Cooper – Executive Director
Dec. 14, 1995Doctor of Arts – Honorary DegreeNorthwestern University (board of Trustees)
Nov. 1995Special Presidential Award
Recognition of Dedication and Commitment to the Pursuance of Artistic Excellence in Jazz Performance and Education
International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE)
Sept. 19, 1995Honorary Jazz AwardHouse of Representatives
July 8, 1995Acknowledgment for Past and Present Contribution to JazzThe Greater Jamaica Development Corp
May 15, 1995Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to Jazz EducationInternational Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) – Tokyo, Japan
Nov. 29, 1994NY University SCE Jazz Fellow AwardNew York University
1993Jazz Camp – Jazz Masters AwardCity Stages – Birmingham Festival
Oct. 24, 1993The Heritage AwardCultural Crossroads Inc. Brooklyn, NY
April 25, 1993Musician & Humanitarian AwardHarlem School of the Arts
Feb. 21, 1993The John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie MemorialTransfiguration Lutheran Church, Harlem , NY – Presented by Rev. Dr. James E. Gunther, Pastor
Dec. 5, 1992Family Award for Musical Excellence (FAME)Manna House Workshops, Inc.
Feb. 24, 1992Contributions to Dance AwardT. Pratt & NY Dance Association
1991North Sea “Bird” Award – Jazz Musician of the YearJazz Festival Congress Centre, The Hague Holland
June 1991Certificate of Appreciation Award for Devotion to Children and EducationP.S. 289 Chorus
March 24, 1990Recognition of Devotion to the Growth of ChildrenDistrict 17 Choir – Brooklyn, NY
1989Award For Excellence In The ArtsManhattan Borough President: David N. Dinkins
Oct. 12, 1984A Tribute to Independent and Progressive EducatorsNY Institute for Social Therapy and Research
Dec. 2, 1983Jazz Master AwardThe Afro-American Museum, Philadelphia, PA
April 30, 1982For the Preservation and Proliferation of “The Jazz Heritage”The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Ensemble Concerts

Concert Theme TitleLocation and Date
Musical Magic – Magical MusicSymphony Space – Nov. 22, 2003
A Beautiful EveningSymphony Space – Nov. 30, 2002
We Are OneSymphone Space – June 9, 2001
Deep LoveSymphone Space – May 22, 1999
A Rose A Wishing Well With Love to Cast a SpellSymphone Space – Nov. 29, 1997
Love Lingers OnSymphone Space – Oct. 19, 1996
A Lovely Way To Spend an EveningSymphone Space – May 28, 1994
The Breeze’s SongManhattan Center – Dec. 15, 1989
A Glimpse of the Beauty of JazzSymphone Space – May 17, 1988
Jazz Ensemble in ConcertSymphone Space – June 17, 1986
Jazz Ensemble in ConcertMay 21, 1983
Jazz Ensemble in ConcertTown Hall – April 30, 1982
Jazz Ensemble in ConcertSept. 1979