Donald Harrison Jr. // Community Arts Awards 2008
Added July 15th, 2010
Donald Harrison Jr. is probably best known as being an innovative jazz musician. He is often referred to as the King of Nouveau Swing, a contemporary jazz sound. His musical training includes graduation from NOCCA, Berkley College of Music and time spent learning his craft from local artists such as Willie Metcalf, Kidd Jordan, Doc Paulin, Ellis Marsalis and others. When he left Berkley, he was invited to join the Art Blakey Jazz Messengers band. Harrison is the Big Chief of the Congo Nation Cultural group. He is also the artistic director of Tipitina’s Foundation Program for students who want training in the music industry. Harrison is ensuring the future of jazz by not only acting as a teacher in educational venues, but also by offering young musicians opportunities to learn their craft by employing them in his band.
The Arts Council of New Orleans each year celebrates the Community Arts Awards. Since 1977, the Community Arts Awards have recognized living individuals, organizations and corporations which have made outstanding contributions to the arts in New Orleans. Recipients are continue selected for their artistic excellence, sustained contributions, unique achievements, perseverance, and a deep commitment to the arts and local community.
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