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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Harris brings jazz, rock and blues to Nov. 15 concert

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  • Another chance to dress up and show off your bling is coming on Nov. 15th when Allan Harris, world-class singer, guitarist and songwriter performs on the Pratt Community College stage, starting at 7 p.m.
    Audience members are urged to help celebrate Pratt Community Concert Association's 75th Diamond Anniversary year by using the opportunity for displaying plenty of glitter. More surprises await audience members, notes PCCA President Jan Luttrell.
    Jack Ewing will provide pre-concert entertainment with a Petula Clark medley in honor of the famed singer's birthday. Clark was born Nov. 15, 1932. This tribute will begin at 6:40.
    Allan Harris is especially known for his smooth vocals and guitar styling that easily crosses genres. Tony Bennett calls him his "favorite singer," and the New York Times' Stephen Holden praises Harris as a "protean talent."
    He has played to packed houses throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. A three-time winner of the New York Nightlife Award for "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist," Harris is often a featured performer at the world's great music festivals such as the Jazz Aspen, Wien Jazz Festival in Austria and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.
    Born in Brooklyn, Harris was surrounded by music. His mother was a classical pianist. His Aunt Theodosia started as an opera singer but turned to the blues; her career often put Harris in the company of such greats as Louis Armstrong.
    One result is a voice that evokes Nat "King" Cole's mellow baritone, and he sings many Cole favorites. Harris travels with a jazz combo.
    Harris has composed a full-scale musical," Cross That River," celebrating the Old West as told through the words and music of a black cowboy. Harris' latest effort, "Open Up Your Mind," shows off his deep songwriting talent and guitar-playing prowess. He has a passion for giving back — is a long-time supporter of the Children's Miracle Network and fund raising for children's hospitals.
    Going to www.allanharris.com is a good way to learn more about this talented vocalist.
    Anyone without a season or individual ticket for this concert may purchase them at the door on Nov. 15th. RSVP offers a ride to and from each PCCA concert. Anyone needing this service may contact the RSVP office at 672.7811.
    Pratt Community Concert Association is a nonprofit group that specializes in bringing live entertainment to the Pratt area and South Central Kansas. All board members and workers are volunteers.
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