Eric Harland

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Charles Lloyd Quartet (L to R: Lloyd, Reuben Rogers, Jason Moran and Eric Harland)
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James Farm, with Matt Penman, Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks and Eric Harland
By Jimmy Katz
Eric Harland
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Eric Harland
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Eric Harland performs with Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke and Chris Potter at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival
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Eric Harland is one of the top young drummers in jazz today and has already worked with many of the jazz immortals. He was born in Houston in 1978 and drum giant Elvin Jones was his early hero. While Harland learned orchestra percussion, much of his jazz playing was originally self-taught. He locked himself in a room and played along with John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme for hours. Harland began playing professionally in 1993 and attended Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He met Wynton Marsalis, who encouraged him to study further in New York. Harland attended the Manhattan School of Music but collapsed from exhaustion (due to being overweight), returning home. He temporarily switched course, studying theology at Houston Baptist University and working hard to lose all of his excess weight. Returning to New York, Harland became greatly in demand almost immediately. He has worked with Betty Carter (for several years until her 1998 death), Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Stefon Harris, Joe Henderson, Greg Osby, Kenny Garrett, Michael Brecker, Ravi Coltrane, Geri Allen, Jason Moran, John Patitucci, Jacky Terrasson, Gregory Tardy, Mark Shim, Aaron Goldberg, John Swana, Jimmy Greene, 3 Cohens, Taylor Eigsti, Kurt Rosenwinkel and many others. His best-known associations have been with McCoy Tyner, the SF Jazz Collective, Dave Holland’s sextet and big band, the Joshua Redman Trio and the Charles Lloyd Quartet. Eric Harland has already been on over 30 important jazz albums and he is getting better known every day.


Articles on Eric Harland

12/14/14    Features    By Shaun Brady

The Zen of Eric Harland

09/03/14    Photos    By Jeff Tamarkin

Photo Gallery: Eric Harland's Voyager in NYC

06/29/12    JazzHeaven Videos    By Falk Willis

Eric Harland Drum Lesson: Having Fun in 21/8

10/24/11    Features    By Ashley Kahn

Charles Lloyd: We Must Sing the Song

10/19/11    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

Voyager: Live by Night
Eric Harland

09/28/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

SFJAZZ Collective Announces U.S. Tour

07/08/11    Concerts    By Evan Wessler

James Farm Cultivate Their Own Sound

05/23/11    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

James Farm
James Farm

January/February 2010    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Live 2009
SFJazz Collective

January/February 2010    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
The Monterey Quartet

January/February 2010    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
The Monterey Quartet

11/25/09    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Berlin Jazz Festival

05/04/09    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Zakir Hussain’s ‘Perspectives’ at Carnegie Hall

06/28/08    Concerts    By Geoffrey Himes

Charles Lloyd Quartet at JVC - New York

02/27/07    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

Portland Jazz Festival: A Celebration of ECM

May 2006    Albums    By David R. Adler

Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain, Eric Harland

May 2006    Albums    By David R. Adler

Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain, Eric Harland

07/12/05    Concerts    By Nate Chinen

Montreal International Jazz Festival 2005

07/30/03    Concerts    By Ira Gitler

My Summer in Italy

July/August 2003    Albums    By Harvey Siders

Land of Giants
McCoy Tyner/Bobby Hutcherson/Charnett Moffett/Eric Harland




ECM Records

Land of Giants


Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival

MJF Records

James Farm

Nonesuch Records
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