joel harrison

Joel Harrison at Mississippi Studios.

My goal on the new CD, Angel Band, is to arrange country and Appalachian music for a jazz group in new and unusual ways. I’m conscious of both moving forward and staying true to the elemental soul of the songs, where old stories are told by modern, protean players. Or as a friend once put it, “Downtown meets the heartland.”

An angel is defined as an attendant and benevolent spirit. Perhaps we musicians are entrusted to act as such. This is, of course, a serious task, and yet the beauty of these tunes is they encourage us not just to meditate and grieve but also to laugh and dance.


A new collaboration with three Telecasters! The Spellcasters, from my hometown, Wash. D.C., celebrating the legacy of Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, and other great players at the crossroads of jazz, country, rock, etc. It’s rip roaring fun music. With Joel Harrison, Anthony Pirog, Dave Chappell: Guitars, John Previti: Bass, Barry Hart: Drums


upcoming shows

Sunday, June 30th 2019
Joel Harrison and Free Country in Saratoga Springs, NY at Saratoga Jazz Festival
Time: 12:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
with Jon Cowherd, Jaleel Shaw, Stephan Crump, Brian Blade Related post.

Friday, July 12th 2019
Joel Harrison/Stan Strickland Quartet in Edgartown, MA 02539, Massachusetts at Port Hunter
Time: 10:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 55 Main St,.