...on tour with Grammy Award Winner, Sugar Blue.
Harry is as passionate about his guitar playing as he is about his advocacy of respect for the lives of animals used in laboratory research, abused for show, the illegal pet trade and for their conservation. He has committed himself to helping through a foundation, Musicians For Apes, to help spread awareness.
Born on the South side of Chicago, Illinois, Harry was a quiet, introverted boy. His mother with uncanny intuition offered to have him take guitar lessons. He persevered until she took him to a BB King concert when he was eleven years old. It was an intimate setting with electric intensity in a hall where the guests ate and enjoyed the show. He met him and got the autograph that to this day still is a memento that urges him on. That experience proved to be the decisive musical experience of his life. He fell in love with the music, the man, the atmosphere in the room, the enthusiasm of the audience and he began to learn the guitar with a hunger that has carried him since. Harry plays with passion. His fluent lines flow effortlessly. We have heard him play in tune with the band leader's voice and cadence, we have heard him accompany ever so gently, lead with enormous vitality, all with such good measure that it is impossible not to watch him. He is riveting.
Harry began to take guitar lessons at seven years old. He played professionally very early, often right after school, sometimes well into the wee morning hours. His band performed everywhere on the South Side and soon he began to show others how to play. Harry teaches at Columbia College Chicago. More noteworthy about that calling to teach perhaps is the number of professional guitarists who mention his name as their teacher; he is now an acknowledged teacher and mentor as BB King had been for him some forty years ago.
Three years after he graduated from high school - he was just twenty years old - he was asked to play with Muddy Waters' sideman, Grammy Award Winner, James Cotton. James Cotton became the Chicago blues harmonica master of his time, right along with Little Walter and "Shakey" Horton. Harry toured the US and Canada and he met many of the blues legends who created the sounds we know as Chicago blues, the musical bedrock for so much of our contemporary music. With the help of his new, extravert friend, Ken Johnson who was James Cotton's drummer, he went to all the clubs in town to listen to all the greats touring through the city. In his own words, "The one person I give thanks to is Kenny Johnson. May he rest in peace! He was a big brother to me from the first day I met him at Cotton's house. He was encouraging and inspiring. I owe it all to Kenny and James." Thanks to his friend, he often sat in alongside Muddy Waters, Dickey Betts and the Allman Bros., Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Junior Wells, Elvin Bishop, Roy Buchanan, Jimi Hendrix’s drummer Buddy Miles and with Muddy Water’s pianist, Pinetop Perkins.
On one of his first stops with Cotton, Harry performed in New York's Radio City Music Hall where Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter and BB King were on the same bill. Johnny Winter had been one of his musical idols when he was growing up so playing with him is etched deeply in his memory. Playing with greats - who are now legendary musicians- brought a deep sense of responsibility; this is the kind of mentorship that turns protégés into future masters. Harry was very young and he had only dimly sensed how powerful music could be.
Shortly after leaving James Cotton, another blues harpist, Sugar Blue, heard him perform at the original Checkerboard Lounge (once home to Buddy Guy) relocated in what is now called Bronzeville, Chicago. Sugar Blue (another Grammy-awarded artist and noted for his work with the Rolling Stones) heard him that night and hired him to tour Europe with him.
Harry formed his first jazz fusion group “Countdown” in the mid 1980’s. At that time, he also began to record in studios for TV and radio commercials for sponsors ranging from Kraft, McDonald’s, Flintstones Vitamins to the Oprah show. He has now performed on local and national TV shows, A&E’s American Justice, Biography, WGN, National Geographic, NBC, WTTW-PBS, Storm Stories, History Channel, Discovery, ESPN and VH-1. He also performed the score “Rock Anthem for Saving the World,” for the video game and soundtrack of Halo, into his latest performances on the current 2009 release of Halo 3, ODST.
In 1994, Harry recorded with smooth jazz artist, Brian Culbertson. He then went on to tour with Brian for the next four years. Harry also wrote, co-wrote and produced several songs for Brian's next two records, “Modern Life” and “After Hours”. On the Modern Life CD, Harry co-wrote the title track and Out of the Mist. On the After Hours CD, he co-wrote Inside Pocket.
Harry released his first solo CD, “Passion” in 2002 on United One Records. “Face To The Sun,” Harry’s second release on his label, Stormcloud Records, delighted fans reaching from Latin America to Canada. The CD includes band members of international Latin vocalist, Luis Miguel. It is a sensitive, melodious ode to Latin guitar. These works are a testament to the vitality and largesse of Harry's spirit. Looking into the light and living with passion and commitment are his mantras.
Musicians For Apes, is a foundation that reaches out to ALL. “For too long the arrogance of man has worked to subjugate our closest living relatives, the Great Apes, into research, for entertainment or as pets. It is time to put an end to their suffering, humiliation and degradation." Musiciansforapes.com supports sanctuaries that have rescued and retired Great Apes from research laboratories, entertainment and as former pets in the US, Canada and around the globe as well as their conservation.
Это был колоннообразный кактус; его зеленый, сочный ствол уцелел от огня.
Ах,-продолжала Флоринда, взяв тяжелую прядь волос, которая отливала каштановым цветом на ее черной ладони,-если бы "google picasa скачать" у меня были ваши красивые волосы, а не эта овечья шерсть, они все были бы у моих ног, все до одного!
Никто, включая наши геометров, не знал, наверняка, какие средства окажутся в Аду действенными, а "Ваш персональный цвет Готовые решения для всех цветовых типов" какие нет.
Там все пять, начиная с единицы.
Помело резко рванулось вверх, земля провалилась, лагерь скрылся во мгле.
Пожалуй, нигде в мире вы не увидите на улицах такой пестрой толпы.