Jesse Harris, Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Makes His San Miguel Debut

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By Fredric Dannen

In April 1998, New York-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jesse Harris was driving cross-country in an old Cadillac Seville with a fellow musician and happened to make a stop at the University of North Texas, in Denton. There, Harris met a young singer and pianist named Norah Jones, who had just turned 19. “She climbed into the front seat, and we spent the day together,” Harris recalls. “We had a jam session that day, and her knowledge of music and singing ability were amazing.” Three years later, Jones had moved to New York City and had secured a recording contract with Blue Note Records. Her debut album, Come Away with Me, featured four songs by Jesse Harris, including the album’s opening track “Don’t Know Why.” The album sold 27 million copies, and the song won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

Harris will make his San Miguel debut on Wednesday, April 11, 7pm, at the San Miguel Playhouse, in a one-night-only concert called Songs and Stories. He will share the stage with two other singer-songwriters: Todd Clauser (whom National Public Radio calls “a fascinating musician”); and Doug Robinson, the immensely popular San Miguel musician, who is making his first stage appearance in five months. Tickets are 300 pesos in advance and 350 at the door. They can be purchased at Denise Rosenfeld’s Postres Artesenales in the Mercado Sano (Ancha de San Antonio 123) or online at sanmiguelplayhouse.com. The playhouse is located at Av. Independencia 82. There are no reserved seats for this concert, so early arrival is recommended.

Harris, whose music has been described as a blend of folk, rock, jazz, and world rhythms, was born in New York City and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in English. At 17, he taught himself guitar. “I was obsessed with Bob Dylan,” he recalls, “and wanted to play his songs and Neil Young’s as well.” Harris promptly began writing songs of his own, and in 1999 had a contract with Sony Publishing. He recorded three self-released albums with his band, The Ferdinandos. His own version of “Don’t Know Why” was included on the first of those albums.

Harris has written songs for Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Lizz Wright, and the late Solomon Burke, with whom he also played guitar and sang backup vocals. He also composed the score for The Hottest State, a 2006 movie directed by Ethan Hawke, and acted and sang in the movie with Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris.

 

Music

“Songs and Stories”

With Jesse Harris, Todd Clauser, and Doug Robinson

Wed, Apr 11, 7pm

San Miguel Playhouse

Av Independencia 82

300 pesos

350 at the door

Tickets at:

Denise Rosenfeld’s Postres Artesenales in Mercado Sano

sanmiguelplayhouse.com

 

 

 

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