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S, Harvie

S, Harvie (formerly Harvie Swartz) bassist, composer, bandleader, educator, producer; b. Chelsea, MA, December 6, l948. 

He grew up in Marblehead, Mass. and his parents are Beatrice and Charles Swartz. Attended Berklee College of Music as a composition major where he picked up the bass, graduated with a degree in composition. When he took up the bass, on which he is self taught, he brought with him all the harmonic and rhythmic concepts that are intrinsic to the keyboard and added the hard swinging time, lustrous tone, formidable technique and lyrical soloing approach.

Harvie S arrived in New York in l973 working with Mike Abene, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Gil Evans, Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, John Abercrombie, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. His desire to create a personal music led to his collaborations with David Friedman and this in turn, yielded the legendary and innovative Double Image (of which he was co- leader) CD on Enja and ECM records.  Double Image went on to perform internationally at prestigious festivals, receiving critical kudos with each appearance. During this time Harvie S also played in the Steve Kuhn Quartet that recorded three CDs for ECM and many of his compositions were featured on these recordings.

After a stint with Stan Getz, Harvie S decided to record his compositions in the critically acclaimed album Underneath It All. Smart Moves and Urban Earth soon followed this first release as a leader.  All received critical acclaim and climbed the radio chartsoin fact, Urban Earth was #3 on Radio and Records and stayed on the charts for three months. A period of great creativity followed; Harvie, guitarist Mike Stern and drummer Victor Lewis formed a trio, which play regular gigs in New York City. Harvie was also doing gigs with Jim Hall and it was around this time that Harvie formed the legendary bass and voice duo with Sheila Jordan.

In the setting of bass and vocals, this duet produced 10 CDs over a 14-year period.  The sensitivity, intricacy and dynamism of this duo mesmerized audiences worldwide and restated Harvie S's reputation as a original arranger accompanist and soloist.  Ever questing for new sounds and new outlets, Harvie next recorded the landmark CD, In a Different Light.  The project included Mike Stern, John Scofield, Mick Goodrick, Leni Stern, Gene Bertoncini, Winard Harper and Leon Parker(first recording).  A combination of duets, trios and quartets, Gary Giddins singled out In a Different Light as on the Best of l990.

In the nineties Harvie S emerged as a prolific composer, arranger and producer with numerous artists such as Michael Brecker, Kenny Barron, Joe Locke and Toninho Horta. In 1996 Harvie began a new musical journey into Afro-Cuban music and world rhythms. He showcased this playing with Juan Carlos Formell, Ray Vega, Ray Barretto, Bobby Sanabria, and Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers on recordings and festivals. In 1997  the Harvie S Band recorded 'Havana Manana'. This CD was released on Bembe Records and received rave reviews from Jazziz, Village Voice, Latin Beat Magazine and many other publications. The band's second CD, 'New Beginning', came out in Japan on Jazz Bank Records and was released in the US on RVS Records. The CD featured Michael Brecker and Ray Vega and also garnered great reviews from the major print and Internet publications such as The Latin Jazz Network, The Latin Jazz Club, 52nd St. review and Jazz Review.

In 2001 Harvie S  performed as featured soloist at the  International Society of Bassists Symposium and in 2003 he presented his renowned seminar on 'Vistas of Afro Cuban Music from the Jazz Perspective.' The Harvie S Band  released 'Texas Rumba' in September of 2003 and 'Funky Cha' in winter of 2006. Each of these CD's garnered rave reviews and established the band as an international touring entity.

The Harvie S Band now performs in festivals, concert halls and clubs throughout the world. Harvie S is in the midtst of preparing the band's sixth CD for release in 2008. Harvie S is the jazz bass instructor at Manhattan School of Music, undergraduate and graduate programs (l984-present). He has been a guest lecturer at McGill University, Berklee School of Music, The Eastman School of Music, The Eisler School in Berlin and the Cologne Hochshule and many other colleges worldwide.  He has received major grants from the National Endowment forr the Arts, Meet the Composer, The New York State Council on the Arts, the Fund for U.S. Artists and ASCAP. His spouse is dancer, choreographer, and dance professor Catherine Mapp.

As a Leader
Funky Cha       Zoho music
Texas Rumba     Zoho Music
New Beginning    RVS Records (2002)
Havana Manana    Bembe Records
Underneath IT All   Grammavision
Urban Earth             Grammavision
Smart Moves            Grammavision
It's About Time         Gaia
In A Different Light     Mesa Bluemoon
Full Moon Dancer        Mesa Bluemoon
Arrival         BMG

Harvie S and Sheila Jordan     Old Time Feeling   Muse
Harvie S and Sheila Jordan     The Very Thought of Two   Ma
Harvie S and Sheila Jordan      Songs from Within        Ma
Double Image      Double Image      Enja
Double Image      Dawn                    Enja
Bob Degan  Chartreuse   Enja
Mike Stern and Victor Lewis    High Standards  Polydor

More than 200 recordings as a sideperson including:
Mike Stern, Hirum Bullock, Leni Stern     Live at the 55
Paddlewheel Records
Michael Brecker, Toninho Horta, Mark Soskin    Super Nova  Jazzheads
Gregor Heubner    Panonian, Satin Doll, Januschkeis Time  Satin Doll
Art Farmer   Art in Wroctaw   Polygram
Joe Locke    Inner Space   Steeplechase
Greg Abate with James Williams and Billy Hart  Evolution 1201 music
Mike Stern, Hirum Bullock  Live at the 55 (1999)
Virginia Mayhew   No Walls  Renma
Virginia mayhew   Nini Green
Virginia mayhew   A simple Thank you  Renma
Jarek Smietana   with John Abercrombie   Speak Easy, Starling
Anders Mogensen  Trio Live  Carl Neilsen Academy of Music
Haru   Molliendo Cafe   Paddle Wheel, Voice of Blue, Jazz Bank,
Mike Stern  What it is     Atlantic
Pete Yellin  with Chick Corea    Mellow Soul  Metropolitan Records
Al DiMeola  Tirami Su and best of Al DiMeola  Manhattan
Leni Stern Secrets  Enja
Steve Kuhn      Playground, Non Fiction, Last Yearis Waltz, Mostly
Ballads     ECM
Janis Siegal   At Home Atlantic
Toot Thielmans   Only Trust Your Heart  Concord
Jack Wilkins  Captain Blued   CTI
Sheila Jordan   Lost and Found  Body and Soul      Muse
Mick Goodrick Biorhythms   CMP
Lewis Porter  Second Voyage  Altrisuoni
Guy Davis   Call Down the Thunder   Red House
Andy Statman   Between Heaven and Earth     Shanachie
Manhattan Transfer  Off Beat Avenues   Columbia
Jim Silberstein  Micaela's Song
Jim silberstein  Express Lane
Sherri Roberts  The sky could send you

Harvie S Band Performances (Selected)
The Blue Note
The Iridium
The Zinc Bar
JVC Jazz Festival
Art at Noon: Iona College
Hudson River Museum
William Paterson College
Ossining Library
Sweet Rhythm
Festival in Tblisi, Georgia
Porgy and Bess, Vienna, Austria
Philadelphia Museum of the Arts
Rochester Jazz Festival
Marblehead Arts Festival

Master Classes/Workshops
Manhattan School of Music (Faculty position)
SUNY Purchase
New York University
The New School
Eastman School of Music
Mannes School of Music
Jun Bass School in Japan
Berklee College of Music
New England Conservatory
The Jazz School in Berkeley , Ca.

Grants and Awards
Meet the Composer
National Endowment for the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts
Fund for U.S. Artists

Sound Tracks Composed for Video
The Trumpet Kings
Piano Legends
John Coltrane

Videos (Performances Recorded)
Toots Theilemans
Pat Martino
Sheila Jordan

Radio Broadcasts
Numerous shows with the Bass and Voice Duo on NPR and worldwide
Ray Vega  Bern Jazz Festival  NPR
Urban Earth  NPR


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