Austin Lee Harris

I was born in San Francisco, lived in New York from 2007-2012, and have recently returned to the SF Bay.

Philosophy: I play music that excites me and that the audience can connect with and enjoy. Otherwise, what's the point? I continue to study music, learn my craft, and share it with others in any way I can. I am deeply influenced by the historical masters of jazz drumming who have led the way: Art Blakey, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Billy Higgins and Jimmy Cobb.

Education: I have taught privately and at clinics at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and CSU Summer Arts. My goal is to help students overcome musical stumbling blocks while refining their unique voices. I earned a BM from San Francisco State University in 2007.

Where I've played: Comstock Saloon, The Burritt Room, Club Deluxe, Fat Cat Billiards, Tomi Jazz, Smalls, Stanford Jazz Festival, Cipriani Wall Street.

Who I've played with: Andrew Speight, Patrick Wolff, Steven Lugerner, Erik Jekabson, Larry Vuckovich, Dena DeRose, Matthew Clark, Jeb Patton, Dan Nimmer, Joe Gilman and many others.

In 2011, I helped found Hard Bop Collective, a band devoted to making exciting, swinging music with a strong sense of tradition accessible and fun for the modern audience.

Upcoming Gigs:

Tuesday, 12/9 (and every tuesday)
Club Deluxe Happy Hour
with Sam Grobe-Heintz Organ Trio
Haight and Ashbury, San Francisco CA
6:30 - 9:30pm
no cover, 21+

Wed, 12/11
with Patrick Wolff
Club Deluxe
Haight & Ashbury, SF
9pm - midnight
no cover, 21+

Sat, 12/14
Club Deluxe
with Jordan Samuels
Haight & Ashbury, San Francisco
9:30pm - closing
$5 cover, 21+

12/19
Cafe Stritch
Dave Rocha Quartet
374 South First St., San Jose CA