Remi Harris is a guitarist from the UK whose unique style draws inspiration from artists such as Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Peter Green, Ahmad Jamal and Led Zeppelin.

Some of his notable performances include the Montreal Jazz Festival, Buckingham Palace, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum (televised on BBC 4) and live on BBC Radio 2 & 3.​

​"an extraordinary musician"

Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

"astonishing stuff"

Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6 Music

"Brilliant"

Martin Taylor MBE

"a tremendously gifted player”

John Etheridge

“Brilliant”

Clive Carroll

"extraordinary"

R2 Rock'n'Reel Magazine

"a remarkable musician"

Jazz Journal

​“seriously good... a player of skill and versatility"

www.thejazzmann.co.uk

"Fantastic"

BBC Radio 3 - In Tune

"Terrific”

The Telegraph

"...his choice of repertoire and diverse influences bring something genuinely fresh to the genre..."

Guitarist Magazine Presents Acoustic

"remarkable"

Total Guitar Magazine

"The standard of playing is stunning"

 Guitar Techniques Magazine

"Ridiculous is about the only adjective that seems to fit Remi Harris' stupendous acoustic playing"

Acoustic Magazine

"​an incredible display of melodic improvisation"

Guitarist Magazine

“Astonishing”

Digby Fairweather (writing in Jazz Rag Magazine)

"extraordinary guitar improv"

London Jazz News

“phenomenal technique and highly developed improvisational skills”

Darren Dutson-Bromley, Just Jazz Guitar Magazine

"extraordinary guitar talent"

R2 Rock'n'Reel Magazine

"very good indeed"

fRoots Magazine

"astonishingly talented guitarist"

Bebop Spoken Here

★★★★★

Guitar Techniques Magazine

Album Review 2014

 

★★★★

Guitar Techniques Magazine

Album Review 2016

 

​★★★★

Jazz Journal

Album Review 2014

 

​★★★★

Jazz Journal

Album Review 2016

 

★★★★

R2 Rock'n'Reel Magazine

Album Review 2016

7/10

Guitarist Magazine

Album Review 2016

★★★★★

www.jazz.pt

Album Review 2016

 

★★★★

www.thejazzmann.co.uk

Album Review 2016

★★★★

www.thejazzmann.co.uk

Live Review 2015

★★★★

www.thejazzmann.co.uk

Live Review 2016

★★★★

www.thejazzmann.co.uk

Live Review 2017

In 2015 Remi was named in The Culture Trip's "10 Young British Jazz Musicians You Should Know"

In Acoustic Guitar Magazine Remi was selected as one of the five "Acoustic Acts of 2017"

 

In 2016 Remi was included in the "Top 7 Current Biggest Jazz Talents" by www.musicpress.sk

In Sept 2015 Remi was selected as 10Radio's Musician Of The Month

Remi was included in BBC Introducing Hereford & Worcester's Top 3 Success Stories of 2016

In 2017 Remi's album "In On The 2" was selected as one of the CDs of the Year' by Lance of Bebop Spoken Here

in January 2017 Remi's album "In On the 2" was selected as "Album of the Month" on Longside Radio's The Jazz Hour with Alun Jones

British Jazz Awards

2nd in the Rising Star category, 2014

5th in the Guitar category, 2014

2nd in the Rising Star category, 2015

2nd in the Small Group category (Remi Harris Trio), 2015

5th in the Guitar category, 2016

2nd in the Guitar category, 2017

5th in the Small Group category (Remi Harris Trio), 2017

Following Remi's May 2015 performance on Jamie Cullum's BBC Radio 2 show live from The Cheltenham Jazz Festival his debut album ''Ninick'' went to number #7 in the iTunes Top Jazz Albums Chart, it peaked at number #6 in Amazon's Best Sellers in Jazz and he went to #28 in that week's "Official Jazz & Blues Albums Chart".

 

 

Remi has been supported by

BBC Introducing and

PRS for Music Foundation

Biography/Interview

 

Date of Birth: 24 Feb 1988

 

Where did you grow up?

I grew up and went to school in a small town in Herefordshire called Bromyard.

 

What about your parents?

Mum was from Normandy, France and my Dad is from the West Midlands, UK. They're both artists, Mum specialised in cartoon illustrations and Dad does mainly seascape and landscape paintings.

 

Where does your name come from?

Mum said she got the idea from the major scale Do "Re Mi" Fa So La Ti Do.

When did you start playing guitar?

When I was a toddler I had a toy guitar and I used to mess around on my Dad’s guitar but I started playing properly when I was 7 years old. I saved up money from Christmas presents and bought my first guitar on boxing day from Argos, it was a ¾ Classical guitar and if I remember correctly it cost £35.

 

How did you learn to play?

I've mostly learned on my own but I've had some help along the way. My Dad played guitar when I was growing up so he showed me my first few tunes when I was 7 years old, then he showed me how to read guitar tab so that I could learn things on my own from his guitar magazines. He had loads of these magazines littered around the house, I would look through them for hours and learn the bits I liked. Sometimes he would help me out if I got stuck, like if my fingers were too small to play something he would help me rearrange or simplify the notes on the fingerboard so that I could reach them. I used to sit and watch him play which would inspire me to go off and practice myself.

I also used to spend a lot of time listening to Dad's music collection and watching his music videos so I was surrounded by the sights and sounds of guitar from a young age. After a while my ear began to improve so I started to learn things by ear as well as the tabs.

When I was in high school around the age of 12 I did a few terms of the guitar lessons there which was a good chance to get out of class to play and talk guitars.

I also managed to get a Saturday job in a guitar shop from the age of around 14. The shop owner, Trevor Davies, used to show me things on the guitar when we had no customers. This was a huge help, he showed me my first few jazz standards and taught me about music theory.

I played a lot with bands and gigged with mates as often as I could while I was growing up which was a great way to put all the things I was learning into context.

After high school I started a music course in a college but dropped out after around six weeks to study from home and to put more time into the band I was playing with.

Around the age of 20, when I was getting more into gypsy jazz guitar, I had a couple of lessons with Gary Potter as well as attending a gypsy jazz workshop with Jonny Hepbir. Another great resource for me at that time was watching videos of guitar players online and attending gypsy jazz festivals and jam sessions.

Over the years I've been lucky to know a lot of great guitar players so I've always been able to ask people questions about guitar playing,

How do you learn now?

I learn pretty much everything by ear these days. I use software to slow the music down if I need to.

Do you read music?

No not really, I could slowly figure something out from a score if I had to but it would take me ages!

Do you have any qualifications in music?

Just my school GCSE

Who were your early influences?

The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, The Stone Roses, Mark Knopfler, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Chuck Berry, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

 

When was your first gig?

My first gig was when I was 11. It was an after school concert and the band was some of my school teachers and my Dad. I played Roll Over Beethoven by Elvis Presley, Back In The USSR by The Beatles and Communication Breakdown by Led Zeppelin.

 

When did you get into jazz music?

I started really getting interested and intrigued with jazz music in my late teens, when I was 19 I started learning how to play some of it and by the time I was 20 I was hooked.

What appealed to you about jazz?

Guitar has always been about improvising to me, that's what I love about many of the early rock and blues bands that I grew up listening to, they were really jamming and interacting with each other in the moment. Jazz appealed to me because its all about improvisation, freedom and experimentation, it was a natural progression for me having just spent my teens playing in rock and blues jam bands. It started with just learning a few licks to put into my blues solos but it wasn't long before I was bitten by the bug.

When did you turn professional?

When I was 22 I found I had enough gigs to leave my part time job in a guitar shop to pursue playing for a living.

 

What's you favourite style of music?

I don't have a favourite. I love Jazz, Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Bebop, Blues, Rock, Punk, Heavy Metal, Classical, Hip Hop, Drum'n'Bass, Rap, World Music. It just depends what mood I'm in.

What are your plans for the future?

Just to keep learning and being creative.

 

Are there any tips you can give for anyone learning to play the guitar?

Have fun with it, you'll learn a lot more if you're enjoying it.

Some of Remi's biggest influences...​

The Beatles,

Django Reinhardt,

Led Zeppelin,

Wes Montgomery,

Jimi Hendrix,

Stan Getz,

Peter Green,

Gerry Mulligan,

The Rosenberg Trio,

​​Stevie Ray Vaughan,

Gary Potter,

Selmer #607,

Ahmad Jamal,

​Rage Against The Machine,

Joe Pass,

The Stone Roses,

Charlie Parker,

Lynyrd Skynyrd,

Bireli Lagrene,

​Neil Young,

Chet Baker,

System Of A Down,

John Scofield,

Barney Kessel,

Louis Armstrong,

Clifford Brown,

George Best,

Dizzy Gillespie,

The Sex Pistols,

Charlie Christian,

Chuck Berry,

Pendulum,

Jurassic 5,

Some of Remi's live performances include...

Jamie Cullum Show BBC Radio 2,

Terry Wogan Show BBC Radio 2,

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show BBC Radio 2 with Jamie Cullum,

BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall, London with Jamie Cullum (Broadcast on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 3),

In Tune BBC Radio 3,

​Buckingham Palace, London,

The Banqueting House, London,

Highland Radio, Ireland

Hay-On-Wye Festival,

Big Centre Television,

Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London

Pizza Express Jazz Club, Brindleyplace, Birmingham,

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall,

Montreal Jazz Festival, Canada,

BBC Hereford & Worcester,
BBC Wiltshire,
BBC Three Counties,
BBC Gloucestershire,
BBC Shropshire,
Wandsworth Radio,
Black Country Radio,

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne, Australia,

The Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, Australia,

Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia

Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane, Australia,

Festival Django Reinhardt, Samois Sur Seine, France,

Hereford Cathedral,

The Good Life Experience, Flintshire,

The Acoustic Festival of Britain,

Nozstock, Herefordshire,

The Camelot Lounge, Sydney, Australia,

Brecon Jazz Festival,

The Stables, Milton Keynes,

Mr Kyps, Poole,

Bromyard Folk Festival,

Birmingham Town Hall,

Ullapool Guitar Festival, Scotland,

Whale Theatre, Greystones, Co Wicklow, Ireland,

Accidental Theatre, Belfast,

Le Quecumbar London,

Helmsley Arts Centre, York,

The Wyvern Theatre, Swindon,

Rock and Blues Custom Show Festival, Derbyshire,

2bbb Radio, Australia,

Il Popolo del Blues Radio, Italy,

Quay Arts, Isle of Wight,

Ribble Valley Jazz Festival, Lancashire,

Upton Jazz Festival,

Hull Truck Theatre,

Fisher Theatre, Bungay,

The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury,

International Gypsy Guitar Festival, UK,

March Manouche, Wales,

Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock,

Phoenix, ​Exeter,

The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, Ireland,

Komedia, Brighton,

Musique-Cordiale Festival, Seillans, France,

Bournemouth Opera House,

Cheltenham Jazz Festival,

Rock and Blues Festival, Derbyshire,

Djangofestivalen at Cosmopolite, Oslo, Norway,

La Cite Florence, Italy,

Jazz à Blauzac, France,

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick,

Otley Courthouse,

Acorn, Penzance, Cornwall,

The Courtyard, Hereford,

Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, Scotland,

Llangollen Pavilion, Wales,

The Coronation Hall, Ulverston,

Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, Ireland,

The Good Life Experience, Wales,

Careggi in Musica, Florence, Italy,

Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival,

Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock,

The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead,

Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival,

Kings Place, London,

 The Poly, Falmouth,

Hanger Arts Centre, Southampton,

Fest Jazz, Châteauneuf-du-Faou, France,

Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival at The Lantern Colston Hall, Bristol

G Live, Guildford,

The Old Fire Station, Carlisle,

Wexford Arts Centre, Ireland,

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, Wales,

Cowbridge Music Festival, Wales,

Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland,

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant,

Forest Arts Centre, New Milton,

Ulverston International Music Festival,

Courthouse Arts Centre, Wicklow, Co. Wicklow, Ireland,

Some artists Remi has performed with...

Jamie Cullum,

John Etheridge,

Hot Club de Norvège,

Gary Potter,

Richard Smith,

Seonaid Aitken,

Dan Cassidy,

Biel Ballester,

Giacomo Smith,

Jim Douglas,

Alan Barnes,

Kenny White,

Alec Dankworth,

Dan Nicholas,

Clive Carroll,

John Hallam,

Spats Langham,

Adrian Ingram,

Rose Room,

Sticky Wicket,

Tina May,

Robin Nolan,

Ian Matthews,

Christiaan Van Hemert,

Denis Chang,

Michael Fix,

John Goldie,

Nigel Clark,

Percy Pursglove,

Martin Limberger,

Costel Nitescu,

Christian Garrick,

Remi has had recorded music played on...

BBC Radio 2 - Jamie Cullum,

BBC Radio 6 - Cerys Matthews,

BBC Radio 2 - Lynn Parsons,

BBC Radio 6 - Bruce Dickinson,

BBC Radio 6 - Tom Robinson,

BBC Radio 3 - BBC Proms with Jamie Cullum live at The Royal Albert Hall,

BBC 4 Television - BBC Proms with Jamie Cullum live at The Royal Albert Hall,

BBC BBC Scotland Jazz Nights,

Planet Rock Radio - Rick Wakeman,

BBC Radio Wales - Celtic Heartbeat - Frank Hennessy,

BBC Hereford & Worcester,
BBC Wiltshire,
BBC Shropshire,
BBC Gloucestershire,
Longside Radio,
Black Country Radio,

Coast FM, Cornwall,

CRC FM, Ireland

Big Centre Television,

TSF Radio France,

Il Popolo del Blues Radio, Italy,

and many other regional and internet radio stations