Trent Harris is a jazz saxophonist from Jackson, Michigan whose musical study began at age 4 with classical piano, and continued with saxophone at age 12. Discovering a natural aptitude for saxophone, Trent played his first professional gig at the age of 15. Since then, Trent has continued to develop as a saxophonist including music studies at Albion College, the New England Conservatory Continuing Education Program, the DePaul University Community Music School, and Chicago's Bloom School of Jazz.
Known as an extremely musical player whose sound blends effortlessly into diverse styles such as pop, rock, blues, funk, and jazz, Trent’s approach to saxophone aims to fuse the lyricism of the blues, the syncopation of funk, the harmony of bop, and the motific development of classical music. Among others, Trent counts among his saxophone heroes Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Gene Ammons, Johnny Griffin, Dexter Gordon, Stanley Turrentine, Lenny Pickett, Walt Weiskopf, Michael Brecker, Don Braden, and Eric Alexander.
Trent performs with a number of jazz, R&B, and funk bands throughout Michigan, including but not limited to the Dr. Prof. Leonard King Orchestra, the Metro Detroit Jazz Orchestra, the Paul Keller Orchestra, the World Class City Band, the Jackson Jazz Ensemble Big Band, Big Foot Bob and the Toe Tappers, Mainstreet Soul, the Rhythm Ramblers, the Dan Kesterke Band, and groups led under Trent's own name. In addition to performance, Trent fills out his musical schedule teaching private lessons to students in saxophone and jazz improvisation, running live P.A. sound for local rock shows, and recording as a studio musician for television soundtracks and commercials.
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