Jeff Harris is a musician who is comfortable in many kinds of music: pop, jazz, classical, and musical theatre. He is equally at home as a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, and lyricist. He has worked with such diverse singers as Maureen McGovern, Chaka Khan, Barbara Cook, Jane Krakowski, Jack Jones, Audra McDonald, Cleo Laine, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christine Andreas, Liz Callaway, and Karen Akers. His longest association has been with Maureen McGovern, playing on and arranging six of her CDs, writing many songs for her (she has recorded sixteen) and appearing with her frequently on television and in concerts.
Mr. Harris has worked extensively on Broadway as both a pianist and conductor, recently as Associate Musical Director for GYPSY (starring Patti LuPone; directed by Arthur Laurents). Other Broadway credits include ON THE TOWN (directed by George C. Wolfe), FOSSE, CHICAGO, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, CRAZY FOR YOU, and in many of the Encore Series Shows at City Center including TENDERLOIN (cast album), BABES IN ARMS (cast album), A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, THE APPLE TREE, and ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER. Regionally, he was Musical Director for the U.S. premier of END OF THE RAINBOW (Guthrie Theater); also Musical Director for CARRY IT ON (Two River Theatre), and A LONG AND WINDING ROAD (Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre, Geva).
Jeff Harris is a frequent guest as a pianist and conductor with many of the leading orchestras including the Boston, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, and National symphony orchestras, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and as a regular member of the New York Pops.
He was featured on the PBS Television Special, "Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds," playing piano and speaking about the music of Richard Rodgers.
As a composer for the theater, he most recently composed PINOCCHIO: An Adoption Musical (book and lyrics by Susan Dilallo), which has been produced at South Coast Repertory Theater, and at Omaha Theater Company. Born in California to a musical family, Jeff Harris attended the University of Southern California on a full scholarship receiving his Bachelors of Music in Composition. He now makes his home in the New York City area.
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