Donald Harrison, Jr. (born June 23, 1960) is an American jazz saxophonist from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Recorded, “Quantum Leap” in 2012 which musicians and critics agree is a next step for jazz. With quantum jazz Harrison has opened up new areas for time, harmony, and melody. The record also melds cutting edge jazz with New Orleans funk – connecting the past with the present with jazz music that transcends boundaries.
Became the Big Chief of The Congo Square Nation Afro-New Orleans cultural group in 1999 and coined the term Afro-New Orleans to describe it. Built the first costume that merges East, West, and Central African designs with Afro-New Orleans style cultural designs.
Created “Nouveau Swing” – a style of jazz that merges modern dance music like r&b, hip-hop, soul, rock, and combined jazz with Afro-New Orleans traditional music on the critically-acclaimed album “Indian Blues” (1991) The recording deepened Harrison’s commitment to maintaining the offshoot rituals, call and response chants, and drumming of Congo Square alive for the next generation.
Created and patented an invention which is a new way to record and playback music.
Performed with an illustrious list of distinguished musicians in Jazz, R & B, Funk, Classical and more: Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Lena Horne, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Eddie Palmieri, Jennifer Holiday, Dr. John, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, McCoy Tyner, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Miles Davis, Digable Planets, Notorious BIG, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.