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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 17, 2002

(Mahwah) – Internationally renowned jazz pianist, composer and teacher Barry Harris and his trio will perform in concert at Ramapo College of New Jersey Friday, October 11 at 8 p.m.

Also known as the Keeper of the Bebop Flame,” Harris has devoted his life to the advancement of jazz through both performance and education. Most notable was his funding and establishment of the Jazz Cultural Center in New York City in 1982. For the past several decades, Harris has been an exponent of the classic jazz style that was developed by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Coleman Hawkins. Harris was chosen to receive the 2001 Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Award for his lifetime dedication to music and education. Harris, a child prodigy who began playing the piano at age four, grew up in Detroit.

Harris has received the Living Jazz Legacy award from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Association, and an American Jazz Masters Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, he received the Manhattan Borough President Award for Excellence. This award was given for recognition of his devoted public service and in honor of excellence in the field of music. He received the 1999 Mentor Award for his work with youngsters at the Manhattan Country School in New York City and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Northwestern University.

Harris receives frequent requests to appear as a guest lecturer by universities and various musical venues all over the world. His lectures and interactive instrument and vocal workshops focus on the complete aspects of music including improvisation, harmonic movement and theory. His schedule includes lectures in the USA, Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Japan. When he is not traveling, Harris holds weekly music workshop sessions in New York City for vocalists, and students of piano and other instruments.

Admission is $21 for adults, $17 seniors and $10 for students. The Sharp Theater is located in the Berrie Center at Ramapo College For additional information, call (201) 684-7844.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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