Archive for October 23rd, 2009

Everette Harp – First Love

Do you remember when you first fell in love? The magic, rush of emotions, the euphoria and excitement of it all! People fall in and out of love everyday but there are some people and some things that remain true loves forever. For celebrated saxophonist Everette Harp, jazz is a first love and enduring love. “I remember when I first discovered John Coltrane’s Soul Trane and Dave Brubeck’s Time Out albums in my parents’ record collection. This was the music that made me first fall in love with jazz,” recalls Harp, whose own music has made millions of fans around the world fall in love with jazz.

Although Harp’s first love was ‘traditional’ jazz, he has made his mark as one of the best-selling and most sought after ambassador’s of contemporary jazz for close to two decades. His soulful and trademark blend of jazz, R&B, funk and pop have made him a favorite. With an illustrious career that has allowed him to collaborate with everyone from Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross and Patti Labelle to George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel and Kenny Loggins, Harp has left an indelible imprint on the scene with his own unique, muscular and soulful approach.

His work on TV has brought his saxophone into the homes of millions who have heard him playing the theme songs for such popular TV shows as Entertainment Tonight and Soul Train. He also holds the distinction of being a former member of the posse on the Arsenio Hall Show. The eloquent saxman can be heard hosting his own weekly radio show, Smooth Jazz Odyssey with Everette Harp on WLOQ in Orlando, FL.

First Love, Harp’s new and third Shanachie Entertainment CD is truly a labor of love and was inspired by opportunities he has had over the past year and a half to play both contemporary jazz and mainstream jazz gigs in the US and abroad.

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