Jesse Harris by Becky Siegel
Background information Born October 24, 1969 New York City Genres Pop, folk, jazz Singer-songwriter, producer, guitarist Instruments Guitar, voice, keyboards Labels Dangerbird, Secret Sun, Downtown, Tzadik Ferdinandos, Norah Jones Website www .jesseharrismusic .com
Jesse Harris (born October 24, 1969) is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, producer, and guitarist. He has collaborated with several musical artists including  Norah Jones, Melody Gardot, Madeleine Peyroux, Nikki Yanofsky, and Lizz Wright. 
Early life and education
Harris was born in
New York City, along with his twin sister.  He graduated from  Cornell University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, in English.  
Jesse Harris' music has been described as a "blend [of] folk, rock, jazz, and world rhythms."
Harris gave guitar lessons and performed in musical groups before he formed the duo Once Blue with singer-songwriter
Rebecca Martin. This was the first group he was in and his first experience writing for another singer.  Once Blue released its self-titled debut on EMI Records in 1995 and nine additional songs were included in the album's re-release in 2003. 
Harris signed as a songwriter with
Sony Publishing in 1998 and then made three self-released recordings with his new band, The Ferdinandos, consisting of Harris, Tony Scherr, Tim Luntzel, and Kenny Wollesen. The band released two more albums on  Verve Records. Harris recorded three solo albums Mineral, Feel, and Watching the Sky on his own label, Secret Sun Recordings.  
In 2003, he was awarded a
Grammy Award for Song of the Year for " Don't Know Why", performed by Norah Jones. Jones' album, , includes five of Harris' compositions: "Don't Know Why," "Shoot the Moon," "One Flight Down," "I've Got To See You Again," and "The Long Day is Over." Harris plays guitar throughout the whole album. Jones and Harris have collaborated numerous times since then. Jones has been a guest on many of his albums and he appears as guitarist on almost all of her albums. Harris contributed songwriting to Jones' 2008 release Come Away With Me
Harris appears as a guitarist on Bright Eyes' 2005 album, "
," as well as "Motion Sickness."
I'm Wide Awake It's Morning
In 2007, Harris contributed songs to the soundtrack of the film
, written and directed by The Hottest State Ethan Hawke.  The soundtrack featured new versions of his songs by Jones,  Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Feist, Cat Power, M. Ward, The Black Keys, Bright Eyes, Brad Mehldau and Rosario Ortega. He also acted in the film.
In August 2010 Harris released his album
Through the Night and recorded a new version of his song "The Secret Sun" for a Corona (beer) commercial.  
Harris' 11th album,
Sub Rosa, recorded in Rio de Janeiro, was released in July 2012 and features guest vocals from  Conor Oberst, Melody Gardot, and Norah Jones. Harris' 12th album, the stripped down  Borne Away, was released on June 25, 2013.
In 2013, Harris joined
John Zorn's, The Song Project, along with Mike Patton, Sofia Rei, and Sean Lennon, writing lyrics for various Zorn compositions and singing them at festivals worldwide with a band featuring Marc Ribot on guitar, John Medeski on keyboards, and Zorn conducting. Two of the group's albums have been released by Tzadik Records.
Harris and Jones appear together in the 2014 David Wain/Michael Showalter film, They Came Together, performing his song, "It Was The Last Thing On Your Mind," which Harris produced. In 2016 he appeared in Showalter's film "Hello, My Name Is Doris," performing his song, "Anything Was Possible."
Recently, Zorn and Harris have begun a new project,
Songs For Petra, which features Petra Haden and The Julian Lage Trio (for whom Harris has produced two albums, Arclight and Modern Lore), plus Harris on guitar.
Other artists who have recorded Jesse's songs include
Smokey Robinson, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Kandace Springs, and Solomon Burke. Songwriting collaborations have included Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Lana Del Rey, Maria Gadu, and Vinicius Cantuaria.
Production credits include albums for
Forro In The Dark, Sasha Dobson, and Petra Haden. Haden recorded an entire album of Harris' songs, entitled "Seemed Like A Good Idea - Petra Haden Sings Jesse Harris" ( Sunnyside Records).
In 2017, Jesse started Cosmo, a group for only his instrumental compositions, with CJ Camerieri (trumpet/flugelhorn/french horn), Will Graefe (guitar), Jeremy Gustin (drums),
Benjamin Lazar Davis (bass), Michael Boshcen (trombone), and Harris (guitar). They are currently working on an album with producer Jason Lader.
Harris' latest album, Aquarelle, recorded in
Lisbon, Portugal, was released in September, 2018, and features Gustin and Graefe, as well as Ricardo Dias Gomes (bass, keyboards), plus special guests Petra Haden, Valerie June, Sophia Brous, Thomas Bartlett, Rob Moose, Jesse Carmichael, Marcelo Camelo, and Jason Lader.
Once Blue ( EMI, 1995)
Jesse Harris and the Ferdinandos (Bean, 1999)
Crooked Lines (Bean, 2001)
Without You (Bean, 2002)
The Secret Sun ( Verve, 2003)
Once Blue Reissue (EMI Toshiba, 2003)
While the Music Lasts (Verve, 2004)
Mineral (Secret Sun, 2005)
Feel ( Velour, 2007)
Watching the Sky ( Mercer Street, 2009)
Through the Night (Mercer Street/Secret Sun, 2010)
Cosmo (Tzadik, 2010)
The Secret Sun - Single Version (Secret Sun, 2010)
Sub Rosa ( Dangerbird, 2012)
Borne Away (Secret Sun, 2013)
No Wrong No Right (Dangerbird, 2015)
Music for Chameleons (Sunnyside, 2017) Aquarelle (Secret Sun, 2018)
Lisa Loeb - Tails (Geffen, 1995); guitarist The Hatters -
You Will Be You ( Atlantic, 1995); guitarist
Jewel - " You Were Meant For Me" Single (Atlantic, 1996); guitarist Marie Frank -
Ancient Pleasures (BMG Denmark, 1999); songwriter, guitarist Seamus Blake -
Stranger Things Have Happened (Fresh Sounds New Talent, 1999); guitarist Norah Jones -
EP First Sessions (Blue Note, 2001); songwriter, guitarist Sean Wayland -
The Colossus of Rhodes (DIW, 2001); guitarist
Norah Jones - ( Come Away with Me Blue Note, 2002); songwriter, guitarist
Ricky Fante - Rewind (Virgin, 2003); songwriter, guitarist
Ken Hirai - Ken's Bar (Defstar Japan, 2003); songwriter, guitarist Norah Jones -
(Blue Note, 2004); Harris plays acoustic guitar on two tracks Feels Like Home
Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love (Rounder, 2004); songwriter
Bright Eyes - ( I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning Saddle Creek, 2005); guitarist Bright Eyes -
( Motion Sickness Team Love, 2005); Harris as guitarist on last track only
Johnathan Rice - ( Trouble Is Real Warner, 2005); songwriter, guitarist, drummer
Lizz Wright - Dreaming Wide Awake (Verve, 2005); songwriter
Tristan Prettyman - Twenty-three (Virgin, 2006); guitarist, songwriter Richard Julian -
Slow New York (Manhattan, 2006); harmonica
Sasha Dobson - Modern Romance (Secret Sun, 2006); songwriter, guitarist, producer
Madeleine Peyroux - ( Half the Perfect World Rounder, 2006); Harris is credited as co-writer of three songs Norah Jones -
(Blue Note, 2007); guitarist Not Too Late
Jessie Baylin - You (Hickory, 2007); songwriter, guitarist, producer
Soundtrack (Hickory, 2007); songwriter, guitarist, producer, vocalist The Hottest State Miyuki Hatakeyama -
Summer Clouds, Summer Rain (Avex Japan, 2007); songwriter, guitarist, producer, vocalist
Solomon Burke - Like a Fire (Shout! Factory, 2008); Harris wrote two tracks, guitarist, vocalist
Priscilla Ahn - "We Were Free" Bonus Track (Blue Note, 2008); songwriter, guitarist Jessie Baylin -
Firesight (Verve, 2008); songwriter Yuichi Ohata -
Music From The Magic Shop ( Warner Music Japan, 2008); guitarist, producer The Verbs -
Trip (Jay-Vee Records, 2009); songwriter
Melody Gardot - My One and Only Thrill ( Universal, 2009); songwriter
Forro in the Dark - Light a Candle (Natgeo, 2009); songwriter, singer Port of Notes -
Luminous Halo (Avex, 2009); guitarist, producer Norah Jones -
(Blue Note, 2009); Harris co-wrote two tracks and plays acoustic guitar on one track The Fall Norah Jones - "
Something Is Calling You" Bonus Track - Deluxe Edition of Come Away With Me (Blue Note, 2009); guitarist, songwriter Yuichi Ohata -
Man Drawing the Light ( Columbia Japan, 2010); guitarist, songwriter, producer
Nikki Yanofsky - Nikki ( Decca, 2010); Harris produced half of the album, guitarist, songwriter Chico Pinheiro -
There's a Storm Inside (Sunnyside, 2010); songwriter
Joshua Radin - (Mom and Pop Records, 2010); songwriter The Rock and The Tide
Federico Aubele - Berlin 13 (ESL Music, 2011); songwriter Amanda Brecker -
Blossom (Universal, 2011): guitarist, producer
Marisa Monte - O Que Você Quer Sabe De Verdade (EMI, 2011); guitarist
Maria Gadu - Mais Uma Pagina (Som Live, 2011); guitarist, songwriter, producer Ila & The Happy Trees -
Little World (Tube Jam, 2011); guitarist Melody Gardot -
The Absence (Universal, 2012); songwriter Rosario Ortega -
Viento y Sombra (EMI Latin America); guitarist, songwriter, producer Wax Poetic -
On a Ride (Nublu Records, 2012); songwriter Alexia Bomtempo -
I Just Happen to be Here (Biscoito Fino, 2012); guitarist Pierre Aderne -
Bem Me Quer Mar Me Quer (ArtHouse, 2012); guitarist, songwriter
Vinicius Cantuaria - Indio De Apartamento (Naïve, 2012); songwriter, vocalist
Chiara Civello - Al Posto Del Mondo ( Sony Music, 2012); songwriter
Tiago Iorc - Zeski (Som Livre, 2013); guitarist, songwriter Butter the Children -
True Crime EP (Downtown, 2013); producer
Soundtrack EP ( They Came Together Lionsgate Records, 2014); guitarist, songwriter, producer Amanda Brecker -
Way to Be (Universal Japan, 2014); guitarist, songwriter, producer, keyboardist Tiê -
Esmeraldas (Warner Brasil, 2014); guitarist, producer, keyboardist Ex Cops -
Daggers (Downtown, 2014); songwriter John Zorn -
The Song Project Limited Edition Vinyl 45s (Tzadik, 2014); songwriter, singer, liner notes Melody Gardot -
Currency of Man (Universal, 2015); guitarist, songwriter
John Zorn - The Song Project' ( Tzadik, 2015); writing lyrics for various Zorn compositions and singing them with Marc Ribot, John Medeski, and Zorn conducting. 
Tomoyo Harada - Love Song Covers (Universal Japan, 2015); songwriter, singer Forro in the Dark -
Forro Zinho - Forro in the Dark Plays Zorn (Tzadik, 2015); producer Lizz Wright -
Freedom & Surrender (Concord, 2015); guitarist, songwriter
Julian Lage - Arclight (Mack Avenue, 2016); producer
Petra Haden and Jesse Harris - Seemed Like a Good Idea - Petra Haden Sings Jesse Harris ( Sunnyside, 2016); guitarist, songwriter, singer, producer Kandace Springs -
Soul Eyes (Blue Note, 2016); guitarist, songwriter Ren -
Love Song (Ren's Records, 2017); guitarist, songwriter, producer
Lana Del Rey - ( Lust for Life Polydor/ Interscope, 2017); songwriter  Tiê -
Amuleto Single (Warner Brasil, 2017); guitarist Melody Gardot -
Live in Europe (Universal, 2018); songwriter Julian Lage -
Modern Love ( Mack Avenue, 2018); producer Kandace Springs - Indigo (Blue Note, 2018); guitarist, songwriter
Dragon Tales - TV show - opening theme song (1998); guitarist, songwriter Arrivals - stage play - Bank Street Theatre (2007); incidental music composer
The Hottest State - film - Think Films (2007); guitarist, songwriter, score composer, actor Verano Maldito - film - Luis Ortega Film (Argentina, 2011); songwriter, singer, actor
They Came Together - film - Lionsgate Films (2014); guitarist, songwriter, producer, actor Hello, My Name is Doris - film - Roadside Attractions (2016); guitarist, songwriter, actor
Writing A Camp Story - short story - 3am Analog literary journal (2016)
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