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All hail ‘The King of Nouveau Swing’

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Donald Harrison Jr., aka “The King of Nouveau Swing,” reigns for one night in Glenwood Springs at Wednesday’s Summer of Jazz concert.The free outdoor performance takes place at 7 p.m. in Two Rivers Park.Harrison, a New Orleans native and jazz saxophonist, is well known for mixing R&B, funk, hip-hop, bop, Mardi Gras Indian music and reggae. He attended the Berklee College of Music and has played with Miles Davis, recorded with jazz hip-hop group Digable Planets and worked with director Spike Lee during his career span.

Harrison was born and raised in New Orleans – his childhood home was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, the 43-year-old Harrison recorded with high school students and professional musicians from New Orleans.Known for his classic jazz compositions, Harrison has also written and performed as a hip-hop MC. He was an early mentor of rap icon The Notorious BIG, who was his neighbor in Brooklyn for eight years. Harrison is a Big Chief in the Mardi Gras Indian tribe Congo Nation with which he dances and sings. His father masked as a Mardi Gras Indian for more than 50 years.Harrison’s show is the sixth in the eight-concert Summer of Jazz series, which takes place through July 25. Jazz-gospel vocalist Marva Wright performs July 18, followed by the spirited Rebirth Brass Band July 25.

For information about the concert series, visit http://www.summerofjazz.com. To hear samples of Harrison’s music, log on to http://www.donaldharrison.com.


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