Eric Harland

Eric Harland

born on 8/11/1976 in Houston, TX, United States

Eric Harland

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Eric Harland (born November 8, 1976) is an American jazz drummer.

In addition to leading his own group, Harland is a member of Charles Lloyd's Quartet, Dave Holland's Prism, James Farm with Joshua Redman, and Taylor Eigsti's Trio.

He has also been a member of McCoy Tyner's Quartet, Kurt Rosenwinkel's Standards Trio, Aaron Goldberg's Trio, Julian Lage's Trio, Chris Potter's Trio, and Terence Blanchard's Quintet, among other groups.[1][2] He was a member of the SFJAZZ Collective from 2005 to 2012.


Harland began his professional career in 1993 playing locally in Houston, Texas, as he finished high school at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where many notable performers have studied. Harland won first chair in 1992–93 with the Regional and All State Texas Jazz Band. He received a special Citation for Outstanding Musicianship in 1994 from the International Association for Jazz Education. During a workshop in high school, Wynton Marsalis encouraged Harland to study in New York City.

After graduation Harland attended the Manhattan School of Music with a full scholarship in their music program. After music school he went on to study Theology at Houston Baptist University (College of Biblical Studies) and was subsequently ordained as a Minister.

Harland has been featured on over 80 recordings with various artists. Among these recordings, Let's Get Lost and Wandering Moon (Terence Blanchard), Back East (Joshua Redman), and Land of Giants (McCoy Tyner) were nominated for Grammy Awards. With Blanchard and Spike Lee, Harland has performed in 18 motion picture movie scores, including The Caveman's Valentine, Original Sin, People I Know, and Dark Blue.

Harland has toured and recorded with Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Ravi Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, Walter Smith III, Aaron Parks, John Patitucci, Zakir Hussain, and others.

In DownBeat's 65th Annual Readers Poll, Harland was included on the short list of world's most recognized drummers along with Elvin Jones and Roy Haynes. He also won the 2008 and 2009 Critics Polls for Rising Star on the Drums. Harland was featured in the September 2002 and November 2009 issues of Modern Drummer.

Harland released his debut album, Voyager: Live by Night, in late 2010. It features Walter Smith III, Julian Lage, Taylor Eigsti and Harish Raghavan.

Harland's second album, Vipassana, was released on August 11, 2014.[3]

In April 2017, Harland opened a state-of-the-art recording studio in New York City called GSI Studios, with partners Daniel Rovin and Austin White.[4]

Harland's latest album 13th Floor was released in November 2018.[5]


Harland plays Sakae drums, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads and Vic Firth sticks.


As leader

  • Voyager: Live by Night
  • Vipassana
  • 13th Floor

As sideman

With Stefano di Battista

  • Trouble Shootin'

With Terence Blanchard

  • Let's Get Lost
  • Wandering Moon
  • Bounce

With Ravi Coltrane

  • From the Round Box

With Taylor Eigsti

  • Let It Come to You
  • Daylight at Midnight

With Aaron Goldberg

  • Tuning Point
  • Unfolding
  • Worlds
  • Home

With Jimmy Greene

  • Gift and Givers
  • True Life Stories
  • Mission Statement

With Dave Holland

  • Pass It On
  • Prism
  • Aziza

With Dave Lisik

  • Relativity (SkyDeck, 2017)

With Charles Lloyd

  • Jumping the Creek (ECM, 2004)
  • Sangam (ECM, 2006)
  • Rabo de Nube (ECM, 2008)
  • Mirror (ECM, 2010)
  • Athens Concert (ECM, 2010)
  • I Long to See You (Blue Note, 2016)
  • Passin' Thru (Blue Note, 2016)

With the Monterey Quartet

  • Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival

With Jason Moran

  • Soundtrack to Human Motion (Blue Note, 1999)

With Wolfgang Muthspiel

  • Where the River Goes (ECM, 2018)

With Greg Osby

  • Inner Circle
  • Further Ado

With Aaron Parks

  • Invisible Cinema

With Chris Potter

  • The Sirens (ECM, 2013)

With Joshua Redman

  • Back East
  • James Farm

With Kurt Rosenwinkel

  • The Remedy
  • Reflections

With the SFJAZZ Collective

  • SF Jazz Collective Live 2005
  • SF Jazz Collective Live 2006
  • SF Jazz Collective Live 2007
  • SF Jazz Collective Live 2008
  • SF Jazz Collective Live 2009
  • SF Jazz Collective Live 2010
  • SF Jazz Collective Live 2011

With Edward Simon

  • The Process

With Walter Smith III

  • Casually Introducing Walter Smith III
  • III

With Dayne Stephens

  • The Timeless Now

With Zhenya Strigalev

  • Smiling Organizm

With John Swana

  • On Target

With Jacky Terrasson

  • Smile

With the 3 Cohens

  • Braid

With McCoy Tyner

  • Land of Giants, 2003

With Joel Weiskopf

  • Devoted to You


  • Bojangles (2001)
  • Bamboozled
  • Original Sin
  • People I Know
  • The Caveman's Valentine
  • Dark Blue
  • Pig Hunt



  1. ^ "Eric Harland". Drummerworld. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "Eric Harland". Allmusic. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
This page was last modified 09.02.2019 18:15:07

This article uses material from the article Eric Harland from the free encyclopedia Wikipedia and it is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.