Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Harris, Marilyn (Jayne)
Harris, Marilyn (Jayne), singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger; b. Syracuse, NY, 12 March 1952. Marilyn's parents are Richard Ward Harris (1924-95) and Betty Harris (nee Glenzing - born 1929). Her three sisters are Caron, Ellen and Linda. Marilyn began piano lessons at age 10. After studying composition with Hale Smith at UConn and film scoring with Ray Wright and Manny Albam at Eastman School of Music, Marilyn worked extensively with jazz arranger Gil Evans, and studied piano with Richard Tee and Rodgers Grant.
Marilyn's has played on recordings of other artists including Jim Brickman, Bette Midler, Lola Falana, Donna McKechnie, hit songwriter Allee Willis, polka queen Nancy Seibert, kotoist Mara Purl, cabaret artists John Trones and Alan Safier, and new age flutist Ellie Lai, as well as jazz vocalists Anne Marie Moss, Jackie Paris, Judi Silvano and Diane Hubka.
Marilyn continues to write, record and perform music at jazz clubs (Sweetwater's, Cornelia Street Cafe - NYC, Lunaria/Jimmy's/Da Vinci - Beverly Hills, CA)
Her husband Mark Wolfram is a professional musician (trombone/composer) - they married May 1980 and currently reside in Los Angeles, CA.
Between the Lines (1993); Jim Brickman: Visions of Love (includes Marilyn's duet with Phillip Ingram "Like Love) (1998)
Television and radio:
She sang, arranged and produced music for commercials (Amoco, McDonald's, Kraft, Kellogg's, United Airlines, etc.) in New York and Chicago. She's composed, performed and produced over 200 music cues for ABC-TV's "General Hospital"(1985-8), scored episodes of the animated "Flintstone Kids"(1985-6), and provided original music scores and themes for such diverse projects as BBC-5's hit radio drama "Milford-Haven, U.S.A." (1986-94), "Yogurt Variations"(1982) for the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, the theatrical plays "Sea Marks"(1985) and "An American Odyssey"(2003), and the audio book music scores to "The Hidden Legacy"(1996), "Stickeen"(1998), and "Travels In Alaska"(2001). Marilyn has also had an original song in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "My Sister's Keeper" (2002) on CBS-TV.