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Donald Harrison Jr. (b. June 23, 1960) is an American jazz saxophonist.


Harrison played with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the 1980s, and co-led a group with fellow New Orleanian Terence Blanchard for many years. He also played with the re-formed Headhunters band in the 1990s. His performance credits include appearances and recordings with many influential jazz musicians. Harrison’s records and live performances are in the jazz mainstream, but still manage to incorporate influences from many of the other styles that are prominent in his hometown.

Harrison also performs in the smooth jazz genre. His group Donald Harrison Electric Band has recorded popular radio hits and have charted in the top ten of Billboard magazine. He performs in the traditional Mardi Gras Indian and Hiphop genres with his group, “The New Sounds of Mardi Gras.” The group which has 2 recorded 2 CDs was started 4 years ago and has made appearances worldwide. Harrison is the Chief of the Congo Nation New Orleans Cultural Group which keeps alive the secret traditions of Congo Square.

Here is a partial list of Harrison’s playing credit: Doc Paulin, Roy Haynes, Jack McDuff, Art Blakey, Eddie Palmieri, Nat Adderley, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Tony Williams, Digable Planets, Jazzmatazz, Jennifer Holiday, Miles Davis, and the great Lena Horne.

Harrison also writes orchestral works for major orchestras. Harrison was chosen as the person of the year by Jazziz magazine in January 2007. His latest CD’s, “3D Vol.


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