David Harris has distinguished himself on trombone, tuba, and as a composer/arranger in a multitude of musical styles. Mr. Harris has performed around the world, including the Berlin Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, the Sauti za Busara in Zanzibar, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Pops, the Smithsonian Institute, and jazz clubs such as the Blue Note, Tonic, and the Knitting Factory. A 1981 graduate of New England Conservatory, Mr. Harris associates with a wide variety of musicians performing jazz, pop, and traditional folk music. Mr. Harris is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music in the Harmony department. As a jazz composer, he has won the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for music composition 3 times.
David is longtime trombonist and composer/arranger for the avant gaarde big band Jazz Composers’ Alliance, most recently performing, composing, conducting and producing their newest release “The JCA Orchestra Live at the BPC”..He is trombonist and tubist in the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, a 2nd line brass band that bridges traditional New Orleans-styled music with modern jazz. David has been featured in soundtracks for TV, commercials, Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry”, a klezmer soundtrack for the movie “Stranger Among Us”, the soundtrack for the movie “Opposite of Sex,” as well as recording on over 50 albums. David performed in the US, Canada, and Africa with the Ethiopian funk band Debo Band, recording on their debut album on the Sub Pop label, as well as recording his composition “Trek from Ethiopia” for the Trikont label compilation “Beyond Addis”. David’s most recent project is Triarky, a power trio featuring Mimi Rabson on e. violin, David on e. tuba, and Phil Neighbors on drums, performing original rock, ska, funk, and jazz.