Eric Harland

2014 Artist-In Residence

Eric Du'sean Harland, composer and drummer, was born in 1978 in Houston, Texas, and currently resides on the east coast. He began his professional career in 1993 playing locally as he finished high school at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Eric won first chair in 1992-93 with the Regional and All State Jazz Band and received a special Citation for Outstanding Musicianship in 1994 from the International Association of Jazz Educators. During a workshop in high school, Wynton Marsalis discovered him and encouraged him to study in New York City. After graduation, Eric went on to Manhattan School of Music with a full scholarship to their music program. After Manhattan School of Music, Eric went on to study Theology at Houston Baptist University (College of Biblical Studies) to become an ordained Minister.

Eric has recorded over 45 albums with various artists. Let’s Get Lost and Wandering Moon (Terence Blanchard on Sony Classical); Black Action Figure (Stefon Harris on Blue Note); and Land of Giants (McCoy Tyner on Telarc) were nominated for GRAMMY Awards. Eric’s other recordings include albums with Charles Lloyd, Dave Holland, Ravi Coltrane, and Greg Osby, to name a few. With Terence Blanchard, Eric has played on 18 motion picture movie scores such as Bojangles (with Gregory Hines), The Caveman's Valentine (with Samuel Jackson), Original Sin (with Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie), People I Know (with Al Pacino and Kim Basinger) and Dark Blue (with Kurt Russell).

Performing live is one of Eric's greatest joys and he has had numerous opportunities to play with the greats in the music industry. Some of these artists include the late, great Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, John Patitucci, and Zakir Hussain.

Eric was also part of the SFJAZZ Collective, an eight-piece cutting edge group brainstormed by Joshua Redman in 2004, and has featured members like Bobby Hutcherson, Nicholas Payton, Miguel Zenon, Joe Lovano, and more. Eric has ventured out into modeling for L’Uomo Vogue and the New Yorker by world-renowned photographer Arthur Elgort. In DownBeat's 2008 Critics Poll, Eric was awarded First Place in "Rising Star Drums." The New York Times printed an article featuring Eric Harland stating that "he is ...setting the rhythm of jazz's future.” Eric has also been featured in the September 2002 issue of Modern Drummer.

He has recently been seen at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Dave Holland (2007, 2013) and Charles Lloyd (2006).

Eric would also love to give thanks to God for his nurturing and understanding that keeps him inspired in every moment. Eric is currently endorsed by Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Vater Sticks.

Mr. Harland will perform five times at the 57th Monterey Jazz Festival:

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

7:30pm: Dizzy’s Den: Sangam (Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain, Eric Harland)

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

8:30pm: Night Club: Eric Harland’s Voyager

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

12:30pm: Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage: Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

7:00pm: Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage: Charles Lloyd Quartet (Jason Moran, Rueben Rogers, Eric Harland)

9:30pm: Dizzy’s Den: Eric Harland’s Voyager