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Joel  Harris

Joel Harris

Artist Faculty in Residence

School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

(970) 351-0001


B.M., Jazz Studies, University of Alabama
M.M., Jazz Studies, University of Northern Colorado
D.A., Music (Jazz Studies), University of Northern Colorado

Professional/Academic Experience

Dr. Harris is an Artist Faculty in Residence for Jazz Studies. He is an experienced director of both small and large instrumental jazz ensembles. He currently teaches Music Business and directs the UNC Jazz Lab Band III.

Other Experience

In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. Harris maintains an active performance schedule throughout Colorado's Front Range and beyond. While he specializes in jazz, Harris frequently performs other popular styles.

Research/Areas of Interest

Harris conducted extensive research into the life of saxophonist Joe Henderson.

Harris is most interested in the music of the avant-garde in jazz, and is currently researching the history of the blues genre.

Other interests include the historiographical legacy in jazz, as well as the impact of scholastic institutions on the genre.

Publications/Creative Works

Dr. Harris authored a dissertation entitled, Joe Henderson: A Biographical Study of His Life and Career.

Harris also co-authored two entries with Professor Dana Landry for  Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz: Volume 2.

Harris recorded and co-produced a jazz album, entitled The Cairn Project.

Harris recently produced New Angle, the debut album from the group, All Angles.