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Artist Profiles - Saxophonist Everette Harp

Everette Harp is a jazz, blues and gospel saxophonist who has recorded on Blue Note and Capitol Records.

Harp was born in Houston, Texas in August, 1961. He started playing piano at two, and began practicing saxophone at the age of four. The youngest of the eight children of a minister, gospel music was one of Harp's earliest influences. Harp started playing jazz in high school, and graduated from North Texas State University with a music major in the early 1980s. While there he joined Phi Beta Sigma. Working as an accountant for a short time, Harp played in local Houston bands, most notably a local jazz/funk group called The Franchise, which released its own album locally, which included the first recording of Harp's "There's Always Hope" in 1987. Harp moved to Los Angeles in 1988. He immediately toured briefly with Teena Marie, and then internationally with Anita Baker. In 1992, Harp released his self-titled solo debut.

Soon after, Harp played at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and began weekly appearances on The Arsenio Hall Show. Harp is also known for his performances with Marcus Miller, David Sanborn and Wayne Shorter. In recent years Harp has reduced his side gigs to focus on his solo career.