Adjunct Instructor of Music
Pianist, arranger, and composer Roger L. Harris is a native of Chicago. Roger began playing throughout Chicago professionally at the early age of 13. His father, Leo Harris, is a cellist and founder of the Southside Family Chamber Orchestra, of which Roger is currently the conductor emeritus. Roger received his bachelor of music education from Roosevelt University, where he currently teaches the Bebop Jazz Ensemble and private lessons in jazz piano. He is a jazz mentor and instructor for the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Jazz Institute of Chicago, After School Matters, and The American Conservatory of Music. Roger has played with jazz greats Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Sarah Vaughn, and Nancy Wilson as well as R&B sensations Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle. Roger is well known in the Chicago music scene as a versatile player who adapts well to any musical situation. He invites you to check out his website, rogerharrispiano.com, to find out more information and to hear soundbytes of some of his work.