Pat Harris is a bassist, songwriter, and composer residing in Austin, TX with musical roots in jazz, classical, and American traditions. He maintains an active and eclectic performing schedule and has had the honor of performing with many extraordinary musicians in countless different settings. Pat can be seen and heard live on stage or in the studio with a broad range of artists including Reed Turner, Phoebe Hunt, The Austin Piazzolla Quintet, Revel, James Anderson, John Arndt, Carter Arrington, Chris Bell, Javier Chaparro, Floyd Domino, Paul Glasse, Rich Harney, Masumi Jones, Aaron Lack, Lex Land, Jake Langley, Kevin Lovejoy, Wayne Salzmann, Steve Schwelling, David Sierra, David Stevens, Peter Stoltzman, Mitch Watkins, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and as a leader for his own groups.
Originally from Michigan, Pat graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Bass Performance and a minor in philosophy from Central Michigan University in 2007. He earned his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies with academic honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. Pat has released three albums of original music under his own name: Live: 4/9/09 (2009), Traveling by Moonlight (2011) and most recently Hour Before the Mourning (2013) which was recorded with all of the musicians in a room playing together during single day without edits or overdubs. In addition to performing and recording, Pat teaches private bass lessons and is the instructor of bass at Concordia University.
“This is precisely the style of music that helped to put Austin on the map as a music town.” – Rod Ames, From Under the Basement
“Harris shows himself to be the consummate tunesmith.” – Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville
“Left Me Like You is the stand-out record here. It is a crowd-friendly tune for those who prefer radio-friendly folk over the special interest sound of bluegrass, and it is a sweet ballad for the heartbroken.” – Kailyn Terlato, Long Island Pop Culture Examiner
“As a songwriter, Mr. Harris has a very bright future before him, and his contribution to this album is immense… Songs so good and so clean in their construction that they feel almost ageless upon first listen… All of them benefit from production that is almost perfect for each song. For that we should all tip our hats again to G. Pat Harris.” – John C. McClure, Victory Acoustic Music Magazine
“I’ve never been able to slow dance to a jazz bass solo before.” – Ernie Durawa, legendary drummer for the Texas Tornados