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Harvie Swartz

Harvie Swartz

After 25 years of playing jazz in a variety of settings (including work with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Stan Getz and Steve Kuhn as well as his longstanding duet partnership with vocalist Sheila Jordan), bassist Harvie Swartz took a hard left turn in his career path and began immersing himself in Latin music. For the past two years it’s been his main focus with his band Eye Contact. Their debut recording, Havana Mañana (Bembe Records), is the result of an ongoing musical journey that began five years ago.

“I wanted to learn a little bit more about Latin music,” he explains, “because throughout my career I had kind of avoided it. And once I got into it, it just took over my life.”

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