New Single “The Hanged Man” Out Now!

Photo by Oriana Layandecker

Jesse Harris‘ new single, “The Hanged Man,” comes out today on Secret Sun Recordings. Co-produced by longtime collaborator and friend, Kenny Wollesen, “The Hanged Man” explores new sonic territory and is the opening track from a forthcoming album, Silver Balloon. Wollesen and Harris have also made a video for the song, using Jesse’s photographs, inspired by the french film, La Jetée. Watch the video here.

Other recent releases on Secret Sun Recordings:
– Jesse Harris’ instrumental project, COSMO‘s LP But When?
– Jazz pianist Jon Dryden‘s LP Trio
The Hottest State Soundtrack on vinyl
– Pop singer Mads Jensen‘s latest single “Iris”
– Singer/Songwriter Todd Clouser‘s LP Time Is A Healer

Songs For Petra Vinyl – Zorn/Harris Songbook – Other News

Limited Edition vinyl now available of SONGS FOR PETRA – Petra Haden Sings the Zorn/Harris Songbook, Featuring the Julian Lage Trio

Also available: The Zorn-Harris Songbook (PDF). 16 Songs. $50. Visit Jesse’s Bandcamp page and use the PayPal link.

The Bandcamp page is now fully stocked with Secret Sun Recordings Releases, including the latest album, EVERLASTING DAY.

In other news, Jesse and legendary Brazilian composer/guitarist/singer Vinicius Cantuaria have recorded an album, featuring a number of new songs written together, in English and Portuguese — plus special guests, Melody Gardot, Bill Frisell and Gabi Hartmann.

For links to recent press, videos and other subjects of interest, visit Jesse’s linktree.

Happy Holidays, Everyone.

Here’s to 2021.


Livestreams – Upcoming Secret Sun Releases – News – Places To Donate

– May 20 at 3pm EST: Gabi Hartmann performs duo in Paris on Artist Lockdown. Hear her single here.

– May 21 at 1pm EST: Jesse Harris and Jeremy Gustin perform duo in New York on We’re So Cool.

– May 21 Harrington, Gustin and Zahn’s album Tura Lura comes out on Cascine Records. Produced by me and recorded at Secret Sun East last summer, this is an instrumental album perfect for hot days and long drives.

– June 19 Maya Hawke‘s debut, Blush, comes out on Mom and Pop Records. Maya and I wrote all the songs together and co-produced. Recorded last year in various sessions at Secret Sun East and West, this album showcases an immensely talented young singer and lyricist.

– August 1 John Zorn and Jesse Harris, Songs For Petra, with Petra Haden and the Julian Lage Trio (Jorge Roeder bass and Kenny Wollesen drums), comes out on Tzadik Records. Representing the full catalog of the songs Zorn and I have written together (his music, my lyrics), this recording had its nascence in 2012 with The Song Project. Recorded in February of this year at Secret Sun West, it features Petra Haden’s folky and virtuosic vocals and Julian Lage’s dazzling guitar playing. I produced the album and also played acoustic guitar and keys.

– Sept 4 Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex comes out on BMG Records, for which I recorded the obscure “Great Horse” with Jeremy Gustin on drums and Will Graefe guitar. Produced by the late Hal Willner, this tribute features a constellation of luminaries, including U2, Elton John, Nick Cave, and Lucinda Williams.

During the not-yet-over lockdown in New York City, drummer/co-producer, Jeremy Gustin, and I recorded an entire album of my new songs at Secret Sun West. We played all the instruments ourselves, and Cian Riordan (who mixed the Music for Chameleons album, Julian’s Lage’s Arclight, and Gabi Hartmann‘s single, “Always Seem To Get Things Wrong,”) is currently mixing. Look for a release this year!

The long-awaited Cosmo album is finally being mixed by producer, Jason Lader. Cosmo features all of my instrumental music and is the collective project of myself, CJ Camerieri (trumpet, flugelhorn, french horn), Will Graefe (electric guitar), Mike Boschen (trombone) and Jeremy Gustin (drums). Benjamin Lazar Davis plays bass and keys on the album.

Bar Lunatico:

The Recording Academy’s Covid 19 Relief Fund for Musicians:

The Jazz Foundation of America’s Covid 19 Relief Fund:

Look forward to seeing you all in person soon!


50th Birthday Show – Birdland Oct 16 – Special Guests

On October 16 I’ll perform a 50th birthday show at Birdland, presenting my forthcoming album, Songs Never Sung, with Kenny Wollesen on drums, Tony Scherr bass, and Will Graefe guitar, with horn arrangements written and performed by trumpeter CJ Camerieri, leading a section of Anat Cohen on clarinet and Mike Boschen trombone. This show will feature many special guest singers and musicians who I’ve collaborated with over the years, including Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, Maya Hawke, Gabi Hartmann, Sophia Brous and Jon Dryden. We’ll play two sets at 7 and 9:45. See you there!

Get tickets now

Recorded in the tradition of the classic vocal albums, Songs Never Sung is a collection of original songs by Grammy-Award-winner Jesse Harris, with horn arrangements by CJ Camerieri and featuring jazz guitar legend Bill Frisell, drummer Kenny Wollesen and bassist Tony Scherr. All compositions are new, except: “I’ve Got To See You Again,” made famous by Norah Jones; “Without You,” previously recorded by Sasha Dobson and Lizz Wright; and “You’ll Forget Me,” written by Dobson.

DIGITAL: Pre-save the single and album
VINYL: Pre-order a limited edition vinyl

Summer NYC shows — New Release on Secret Sun Recordings

Saturday, June 8 – Cosmo at Bar Lunatico (86 Halsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11233). Two sets starting at 9pm. With Jeremy Gustin (drums), CJ Camerieri (trumpet/flugelhorn/french horn), Will Graefe (guitar), Mike Boschen (trombone), Benjamin Lazar Davis (bass), and Jesse Harris (guitar).

Tuesday,  July 9 – Jesse Harris album preview at Union Pool (484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11211). 8pm. I’ll perform songs from my newly recorded album, tentatively titled Old Town, which features horn arrangements by CJ Camerieri. CJ with play in a section with Doug Wieselman and Mike Boschen, plus Jeremy Gustin (drums), Ryan Dugre (guitar) and Spencer Zahn (upright bass), and I will sing and play guitar. This show will be a triple bill with Ricardo Dias Gomes (amazing Brazilian songwriter and soundscaper) and Ryan Dugre (solo guitar extraordinaire). TICKETS

New Release on Secret Sun Recordings: The first single from Parisian singer Gabi Hartmann, “Always Seem to Get Things Wrong“, is out now. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro with Dadi and Marcelo Costa, it’s a version of my song with new french lyrics. To read more about it and check out the video premiere at Popmatters. More coming soon!


Upcoming Shows in April + May

Jesse Harris & Vinicius Cantuaria duo
Legendary Brazilian composer, guitarist, singer and drummer, Vinicius Cantuaria, and I will perform our songs as a duo, switching off accompanying each other on guitar and percussion.
APRIL 16 – NYC at Mezzrow 163 west 10th st. 7:30pm-10:30pm.
APRIL 18 – Warwick, MD at Worsell Manor. 7pm-9pm.

This group features my instrumental music, played by CJ Camerieri (trumpet), Jeremy Gustin (drums), Will Graefe (guitar), Michael Boschen (trombone), Benjamin Lazar Davis (bass), and myself (guitar).
MAY 9 – NYC at Nublu 151 ave C. 9pm-11pm.

Maya Hawke
Singer/lyricist Maya Hawke and I have been writing songs together for the past year and just finished recording an EP, to be released this summer. At this show we’ll play those songs, as well as some fun covers, joined by Jeremy Gustin (drums), Benjamin Lazar Davis (bass) and Will Graefe (guitar).
MAY 11 – NYC at Rockwood Music Hall 196 Allen st. 7pm.

Jesse Harris/Gabrielle Hartmann
Parisian singer, guitarist, and songwriter Gabrielle Hartmann and I will share a bill at the Grand Amour Hotel in Paris to celebrate the release of her first single and video, my song “Always Seem To Get Things Wrong,” with new french lyrics. I’ll play a set solo and then also accompany Gabrielle.
MAY 17 – Paris, France at Hotel Grand Amour 18 Rue de la Fidélité.

Happy Spring,

Fall Tour

The new album Aquarelle is out now!

CDs in stock now / Pre-order limited edition vinyl:


Cosmo Instrumental project:
10/17 – NYC @ Max Fish – INFO 

Jesse Harris/Vinicius Cantuaria duo:
10/18 Warwick, Maryland @ Worsell Manor Music – INFO
10/21 NYC @ City Vineyard – INFO

Jesse Harris solo:
10/27 Lisbon @ Rua das Pretas – INFO

Songs For Petra
Lyrics by Jesse Harris, Music by John Zorn
Petra Haden – vc; Jesse Harris – gtr, vc; Julian Lage – guitar; Jorge Roeder -bass; Kenny Wollesen – dr
11/2 – Sarajevo – INFO
11/5- Den Bosch – INFO
11/6 – Vienna – INFO

Jesse Harris solo:
11/12 – Depa de los Plebes MX City
11/13 – San Miguel De Allende
11/14 – San Miguel de Allende @ Depa de los plebes
11/15 РSalamanca РPe̱a San Roman
11/16 – TBD
11/17 – Coyoacan, Mexico City @ Centro de las Artes Vivas

Cosmo Instrumental project:
12/14 – NYC @ Nublu 151 – INFO

Jesse Harris with band
(Jeremy Gustin – dr; Will Graefe – gtr; Ricardo Dias Gomes – bs)
12/18 – Tokyo, Japan @ The Blue Note – INFO
12/19 – Tokyo, Japan @ The Blue Note
12/20 – Beijing, China @ The Blue Note – INFO
12/21 – Beijing, China @ The Blue Note
12/28 – Shillong, India @ Cloud 9 Music Festival – INFO
12/31 – Shillong, India
1/4 – Bangalore, India

New album Aquarelle out today! / Video premiere / Brazil tour

Aquarelle is out today!

A year ago in Lisbon I recorded the album with Jeremy Gustin on drums, Will Graefe guitar, and Ricardo Dias Gomes bass and keys. Back in New York and LA many friends added overdubs of vocals, strings, horns, and keyboards: Petra Haden, Sophia Brous, Marcelo Camelo, Valerie June, CJ Camerieri, Rob Moose, Jesse Carmichael, Jason Lader, and Thomas Bartlett.

Click here to get the album from your favorite outlet:

Or if you’re the physical type, get the limited edition CD:

Or go direct to Spotify:

Check out yesterday’s article and video premiere for “Where a Rose Falls” in Blackbook.

If you haven’t seen the video for “Out of Time” yet, you can watch it here:

Next week I’ll head to Brazil to play a series of shows duo with my friend Andre Whoong, from São Paulo:

September 13 – Porto Alegre at Sgt Pepper’s – INFO
September 14 – Montenegro – INFO
September 16 РṢo Paulo at Rosa Flamingo РINFO
September 19 – Rio de Janeiro at Blue Note – INFO

See you soon!


New Single and Video Out Now + Album Pre-order and Release Show 9/6

“Out Of Time,” the first single from my new album, Aquarelle, comes out today and is available by all purveyors of music.

Listen on Spotify:

Culture Creature has premiered the video, directed and edited by dAVID sTRANGE. Check out the video and their great article!

Tickets are now on sale for the release show at Union Pool September 6. I’ll be joined by Jeremy Gustin and Will Graefe, who both played on the album (to read more about it, scroll down) as well as Benjamin Lazar Davis and Frank LoCrasto. Frank will also do a set with his own band, as will Joanna Sternberg, with whom I will also play guitar. It’s going to be a super fun night. Come hang!


The album will be released the following day, September 7, on my own label, Secret Sun Recordings, as well as on Sony in Japan and Som Livre in Brazil. Pre-order it here and get the single immediately:

You can pre-order the limited edition CD directly from Undertow and get an instant download of the first single immediately.


In the summer of 2017, Jesse’s frequent collaborators Will Graefe (guitar) and Jeremy Gustin (drums) were playing a festival in Vilnius, Lithuania and thought it would be fun to record an album with him in Lisbon, Portugal with their mutual friend Ricardo Dias Gomes. Jesse had never been to Lisbon so he set to work. In the weeks leading up to the recording, he wrote some new material, such as “Out of Time,” a sort of fusion between an ESG-type beat and Tropicalia, which not only he finished two days before the session but was the first song recorded at the studio (the band had never even heard it); “Rolling By,” a lyric of hope and warning over music of Bossa-meets-60s-English-Rock; and “Carousel,” a moody instrumental named for the traditional Portuguese restaurant where the band and recording engineer would eat lunch every day.

Says Harris, “Though Will, Jeremy and I play together often, the addition of a new element in Ricardo on bass (who is from Rio and has played for years with one of my idols, Caetano Veloso), combined with the inspiration of Lisbon, brought out a sort of exuberance, light, and rhythm that I don’t think we would have found in New York.”

Back in New York, and later on in LA, Harris invited friends to add overdubs of keyboards, vocals, strings, and horns. Valerie June makes a special guest appearance to duet on “Listen To The Wind.” Petra Haden sings harmonies on “Grapes Grow Sweeter In The Sun” and “Eyes Of Fire.” And Sophia Brous (Exo-Tec, Dream Machine) duets on the Exotica-inspired “Never Say Goodbye” and layers rich vocal arrangement on the jouncy “Sometimes You Have To Choose Sides.” Other guests include Rob Moose (strings) and CJ Camerieri (horns), both of whom play in the group yMusic, and keyboardists Jason Lader, Jesse Carmichael and Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman).

Why the title Aquarelle? An aquarelle is a watercolor, but it also suggests lightness, color, liquid. The lyrics of the songs have a sunniness minus the glibness, the overall effect of which is what one might call a “feel good record.” Even its moments of darkness, such as the gloomy “Sunday” (“You shouldn’t have left on a Sunday/ cause Sunday is the loneliest day of all”) are suffused with a kind of a underlying hope – in this case the tacit suggestion that tomorrow is Monday and something new may come along.



Monday, July 16 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo PAC
Jesse Harris/Will Graefe duo opening for Bruce Hornsby

Thursday, July 26 – NYC Cosmo @ Bar Lunático
two sets at 8:30pm

Friday, July 27 – Montauk, NY Cosmo @ Surf Lodge
one set at 7pm

Jesse Harris – guitar
Will Graefe – guitar
Jeremy Gustin – drums
Benjamin Lazar Davis – bass
CJ Camerieri – trumpet, flugelhorn, french horn
Michael Boschen – trombone