JEANETTE HARRIS

www.jeanetteharrisband.com

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Jeanette Harris was born in Fresno, California.  She showed an interest in music at a very early age and started playing saxophone in the fourth grade at elementary school.  Jeanette was then introduced to Latin Jazz while attending Roosevelt High School where she played the lead alto in the school's Latin Jazz Band.  While later attending Bullard High School, she was the featured saxophonist at one of Bullard's appearances at the Monterey Jazz Festival.  Jeanette received numerous scholarships after high school and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.  She was the lead saxophonist in the Berklee College Female Big Band and played various venues around Boston, New Hampshire, New York, and Maine.  She graduated from Berklee in 2001 with a Bachelor of Music with a major in Performance.  Upon graduation Jeanette began her working career as an entertainer.  She's opened for many great artists including; The Riptones, Eric Marienthal, Kirk Whalum, Eloise Laws, Denise William, Paul Jackson, Jr., Verea Hathaway, Midnight Star, Debra Laws, Najee, and Mo Nique.  Jeanette has also had the privilege of performing with; Phil Perry, Howard Huit, Andre Fischer, Everette Harp, Kirk Whalum, Eloise Laws, Debra Laws, Michael Ward, Will Barrow, Ray Fuller, and Eric Marienthal.  In 2005, Jeanette was recognized as a "Shooting Star" and nominated for "Best Jazz Instrumentalist" by the L.A. Black Music Awards.  Jeanette has played in many venues around the U.S. and has played in several smooth jazz festivals including; The Hollywood Park Jazz Festival, The Coombs Riverbend Ranch Jazz Festival, The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Inglewood Jazz Festival, The San Diego Street Festival, the African Village Heritage Festival, and The Fresno China Town Jazz Festival.  She is committed to producing great music, but giving back to the community.

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