Lezlie Harrison is her own personal renaissance. Her constant state of evolution and growth brings with it, gifts for those those paying attention.
As a vocalist both bold and subtle, her vulnerability attends to the fragile matters of our collective human affairs while her optimistic momentum inspires us to rise above any tribulation to rejoice. Be it Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Soul ,The American Song Form, original compositions or any song in ANY form, Ms. Harrison will imbue it her distinctive stamp and make a very personal delivery.
On the planet's premier Jazz radio station ; WBGO, her voice as a regular curator and presenter reveals the love and pride with which she regards America's classical music.
Hyper-active on the New York and global Jazz scenes, Lezlie is also, along with the late Dale Fitzgerald and trumpeter Roy Hargrove, a member of the triumvirate responsible for launching New York's world renowned JAZZ GALLERY.
On occasion Lezlie lends her regal presence to the stage as an actress, bringing to those endeavors, the same sense of organic elegance that she brought to the runways and photo studios of Paris some years ago.
By way of her childhood in New York and North Carolina or her maturation in New York, Boston or on stages throughout Asia, Russia, Europe and elsewhere, Ms Lezlie Harrison shows aesthetic evidence that she is a recipient of the lessons of dignity, integrity and grace bestowed upon her by her elders and fine tuned by her own history.
WBGO’s Lezlie Harrison speaks with pianist Fred Hersch and vocalist esperanza spalding about their collaboration on the album Alive at the Village Vanguard.
WBGO’s Lezlie Harrison spoke with saxophonist Candy Dulfer about her upbringing, her early mentors and her latest album We Never Stop
WBGO’s Lezlie Harrison speaks with Dee Dee Bridgewater and Tulani Bridgewater-Kowalski about The Woodshed Network, their mentoring program for young jazz women, now in its fourth year
Renée Neufville first performed “Something to Believe In (For Roy),” a paean to the irreplaceable trumpeter Roy Hargrove, during a concert in his memory…