The storyplot of jazz drummer extraordinaire Eric Du’sean Harland, a first-call player from the decade from 2000 onward, is one filled up with courage, persistence, and fortitude. Delivered in Houston, Tx, in 1978, he’s the nephew of Houston vocalist Leo Polk. An exceptionally overweight teen, he was a focus on of cruel kids, mean-spirited instructors, and sometimes, family. His religious mom, believing she acquired seen a eyesight when he was created, was persuaded that Eric was the messiah-in-waiting. She had taken him to voodoo priests and witch doctors to verify her targets. Harland found approval in music, learning orchestra percussion, with age group 14 idolizing Elvin Jones. In the home, he’d lock himself in his area, playing alongside John Coltrane’s A Appreciate Supreme and recordings by Jeff W, Jack port DeJohnette, Dave Weckl, and Steve Gadd. He started his professional profession in 1993 playing locally, and completed senior high school at Houston’s SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL for the Performing and Visible Arts. Harland gained first seat in 1992-1993 using the local and condition jazz music group. He fulfilled Wynton Marsalis in a college workshop, as well as the trumpeter inspired the youthful drummer to keep his jazz research in NEW YORK. Harland continued towards the Manhattan College of Music with a complete scholarship or grant — but upon collapsing from exhaustion and self-starvation in 1996, Harland came back to his house in Tx to recharge his physical and religious batteries, and analyzed theology at Houston Baptist University or college to be an ordained minister. Upon his go back to N.Con.C., and dropping a great deal of excess weight, Harland discovered himself popular, dealing with Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Stefon Harris, Joe Henderson, and specifically Betty Carter, who he followed until her loss of life in 1998. Additional collaborations represent a digital and exhaustive who’s who of contemporary jazz, including Greg Osby, Joshua Redman, Geri Allen, Kenny Garrett, Michael Brecker, Jason Moran, John Patitucci, Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Greene, Tag Shim, Gregory Tardy, Rodney Jones, Tag Sherman, Aaron Goldberg, Joel Weiskopf, Stefano di Battista, Brett Sroka, Jacky Terrasson, John Swana, Edward Simon, Liberty Ellman, Kathy Kosins, and Zakir Hussein. Harland in addition has participated in high-profile trips and recordings with McCoy Tyner; the Dave Holland ensemble and big music group; the SF Jazz Collective with Redman, Miguel Zenón, Nicholas Payton, and Bobby Hutcherson; and, many prominently, the Charles Lloyd Quartet. Harland offers played on several film soundtracks, and unbelievably, along with his considerable weight reduction, pursues a sidebar profession in modeling. This year 2010, Harland released the recording Voyager: Live by Night time. A year later on, he appeared within the album James Plantation with saxophonist Joshua Redman.
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