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Harry Sheppard

Harry Sheppard - Alternate Mode Artist
Harry Sheppard - Alternate Mode Artist
Harry Sheppard - Alternate Mode Artist

Harry Sheppard is a seasoned vibraphonist whose long list of credits includes stints with Billie Holiday and Benny Goodman. Harry Sheppard is now safely retrenched in tradition after dabbling in jazz fusion for a spell. As comfortable performing solo as he is in duos and trios, Sheppard never needs much of an excuse to play, and his well-honed enthusiasm is a hoot in any capacity. Pick a night, and he's apt to be on-stage somewhere around town (Houston).

 

He remembers exactly when he fell in love with music. "I was four years old, banging on pots and pans. Finally, my mother said to my dad, 'Get him some drums. He's ruining all my pots!'. At 7, I had my first lesson is a drummer. Years later, I switched to the vibraphone."

 

That banging was just the start of an illustrious career as a jazz musician, drumming for greats like Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Barbra Streisand. At 85 years young, Sheppard still plays around Houston almost every night of the week. Not even a cancer diagnosis (and successful treatment !!) could slow down his career.

 


 

Links

http://www.harrysheppard.com -- Harry's Website

http://vimeo.com/41912727 -- Harry Sheppard, Bob Chadwick, and David Craig performance