Roy Hargrove, Branford Marsalis, Steve Coleman & Chico Hamilton just to name a few.
His 3 bands; (sax trio, fender rhodes trio, bass choir) showcase my many voices on the acoustic & electric basses. Those voices fuse many languages of music into one universal sound.
This sound transcends any genre.
Reggie’s music represents the cutting edge of jazz today. It’s a healthy musical mix paying hommage to the forefathers & exploring this craft by journeying down new roads to help pave the way for the future.
He is a purist at heart; hungry with new & fresh ideas. For Reggie; the music must evolve! He is among the select group of musicians/artists/stylists capable & dedicated to keeping jazz music alive & strong!!
A legendary bassist he has performed and recorded with Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Tony Bennett, Ray Baretto, Michael Brecker, Jean Pierre Rampal, Paquito D’Rivera, Gil Evans, Art Farmer, Mark Turner, Jim Hall, Stefon Harris, Billy Hart, Lee Konitz, Yusef Lateef, Dave Leibman, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Paul Motion, Chico O’Farrill, Danilo Perez, Maria Schneider, Zoot Sims, Toots Thielemans, Ray Vega, James Williams, Phil Woods, Louie Bellson and countless others.
He can be heard on 13 Cds as a leader. 12 as a Co-Leader and over 350 CDs as a sideman. These recordings include his work with an enormous variety of artistic voices such as James Brown, Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, Tom Harrell, Sheila Jordan, Steve Kuhn, Pat Martino, David Mathews, Virginia Mayhew, Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers,Anat Cohen, Tyshawn Sorey Mike Stern, Donny McCaslin, John Scofield, Dr. Billy Taylor, Yusef Lateef and Grover Washington Jr.
His 2008 release with jazz legend Kenny Barron “Now was the time” on High Note records was voted best of the year and topped the Jazz Week charts for over five months.
His most recent CD released in May 2010 “Cocolamus Bridge” on the Blue Bamboo Label and premieres a panoply of original compositions by Harvie.
Harvie’s innovative piece “S” was a winner in the International Song Writing competition of 2006.
Harvie S was selected a Jazz Ambassador for the United States and toured throughout Europe and Southeast Asia in this honored capacity in 2006.
He has been a guest on NPRs “All Things Considered” and “Fresh Air.” His career is documented in Leonard Feather’s Encyclopedia of Jazz, the Grove Dictionary of Jazz and the All Music Guide. Mr. S composed the musical themes for the documentaries The Trumpet Kings, The Piano Legends and John Coltrane. He can been seen and heard on the music videos of Toots Thielemans, Pat Martino, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Jane Ira Bloom and countless others.
Harvie S has been featured in print and internet articles in The New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News, Japan Times, USA Today, Downbeat, All About Jazz, Jazziz, Cadence , Jazz Improv, Coda(Canada), Jazztimes, Swing Journal(Japan), Jazz Life(Japan), Jazz Forum(Poland), Jazz Hot (France), Hot House, Jazz Improv, The Los Angeles Times, Jazz Podium and Jazz-it (Italy).
As a bandleader Harvie S has performed at The Blue Note, The Iridium, The Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, JVC Festival and Freehoffer Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Temple University, the Painted Bride, Carnegie Hall, Yoshis, The Edminton Jazz Festival, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Sugarloaf Festival, The Saratoga Jazz Festival,, Sweet Rhythm, the Philadelphia Museum After Five Series, the JVC Jazz Festival, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Festival, Flushing Town Hall Jazz Concert Series, The Rochester Jazz Festival, The Lake George Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Cape Cod Jazz Festival, Tblissi Jazz Festival, Jazz at Riverspace, the WBGO Summer Jazz Festival, the Tarrytown Library Concert Series, the 55 Bar, the Kitano, the Zinc Bar, the Middleton County Artists in Residence Series, and the Patterson School District Arts in Education Program.
In addition to his performance career, Harvie S is an active educator. He has been a Professor of Jazz Bass and Ensembles at Manhattan School of Music for both undergraduate and graduate divisions since 1984.
He has conducted workshops, lecture demonstrations and presentations throughout the world at many venues including The Kennedy Center, The New School, New York University, Columbia University, Harvard University, the International Association of Jazz Educators, the International Society of Bassists, Yale University, Amherst College, L’Escuela de Nationale, Havana, Cuba, Carnegie Hall Jazz Education Program, Sibelius Academy, Eastman School of Music, Berklee College of Music, William Paterson College and The Henry Third Street Music Settlement.
Currently developing a new music for a variety of musical ensembles and recordings, Harvie S
is integrating his lifetime of musical experience and research into opening doors to new and exciting pathways of creative expression
During his teens Simone does a lot of experience, live sets, festivals and contests. He plays with Inseedia (2003/2007), italian dark-funk band that after an EP and some important apparitions in important Italian Festivals (M.E.I., Rock Targato Italia, Emergenza, Cornetto Free-Audiotion, Rockin, ecc…) publishes an LP (Secrets from the room – Nomadism Records/Masterpiece), bring out with the videoclip of the song “All that you do” (written by Simone).
Throught these years of musical growth, always contunue studying bass and double bass, Simone matures a personal style, based on funk stuffs but with many influences from dance and elettronic music. So in 2008 he starts writing his soloist songs defined by strong melodic patterns and virtuous bass lines. His live-sets are in one-man-band.
In November 2008 Simone won the sixth edition of the “EuroBassDay Contest”, rewarded by some of the best international bassists such as Matthew Garrison, Jimmy Haslip, Tollak, Dario Deidda, Roberto Cifarelli, Dan Solo. During the contest Simone performed with such artists like Giovanni Giorgi on drums and Alfonso Deidda on piano as well as opening for the “Matthew Garrison Quartet” with Scott Henderson, Kirk Covington and Scott Kinsey.
In spring 2009 Simone sign with Schoots Records. His first soloist work is out on 3th November of the same year, a single called “Love Song“, totally written, played and singed by Simone. This CD/single contains Love Song original version, a dance Mix and a bonus track. “Love Song” is accompanied by a very particular videoclip.
On 1st November Simone was opening act for the Scott Kinsey Group (guest Paco Sery) at EuroBassDay in Verona. On 15th November Simone was opening act for Richard Bona at European BassDay in Viersen.
His first Album “Going to the next level” is available now!
For more information, visit online at www.european-bassday.com
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