Award-winning composer, arranger, and bassist Harvie S is continually challenging himself and his peers, expanding the borders of musical direction. He has performed and recorded with a long list of artists that includes Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Tony Bennett, Ray Baretto, Michael Brecker, Jean Pierre Rampal, Paquito D’Rivera, Gil Evans, Art Farmer, Mark Turner, Jim Hall, Stefon Harris, Billy Hart, Lee Konitz, Yusef Lateef, Dave Leibman, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Paul Motian, Chico O’Farrill, Danilo Perez, Maria Schneider, Zoot Sims, Toots Thielemans, Ray Vega, James Williams, Phil Woods, and Louie Bellson, among many others.
He can be heard on 15 CDs as a leader, 12 as a co-leader, and over 380 as a sideman: work that includes recordings with James Brown, Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, Tom Harrell, Sheila Jordan, Steve Kuhn, Pat Martino, Wycliff Gordon, David Mathews, Virginia Mayhew, Eddie Henderson, James Moody, Danilo Perez, Anat Cohen, James Weidman, Jack Wilkins, Mike Stern, Dave Leibman, John Scofield, Dr. Billy Taylor, Dave Liebman, Yusef Lateef, and Grover Washington Jr.
Harvie’s 2011 CD Too Late Now (Ward Records) is culled from a 1988 session with pianist Bill Charlap and drummer Todd Strait. Cocolamus Bridge, his 2010 CD of original compositions (Blue Bamboo), reached no. 3 in national radio play. Now Was the Time with Kenny Barron (2008, High Note Records) was voted “Best of the Year” and topped the Jazz Week charts for over two months. Harvie’s piece "S" was a winner in the International Songwriting Competition.
As a bandleader Harvie S has performed at such venues as the Blue Note, the Iridium, the Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Yoshis, Toronto Jazz Festival, Sugarloaf Festival, Saratoga Jazz Festival, Sweet Rhythm, JVC Jazz Festival, Lake George Jazz Festival, Tblissi Jazz Festival, WBGO Summer Jazz Festival, the Kitano, and the Zinc Bar. Selected as Jazz Ambassador for the United States, Harvie S toured throughout Europe and Southeast Asia in this honored capacity.
A professor of Jazz Bass and Ensembles at Manhattan School of Music since 1984, Harvie S has conducted workshops and lecture demonstrations at, among others, the Kennedy Center, the New School, N.Y.U., Columbia University, Harvard University, Yale University, Amherst College, L’Escuela de Nationale (Havana, Cuba), Eastman School of Music, Berklee College of Music, William Paterson College, The Henry Third Street Music Settlement, and the Royal Academy of Music (the Hague).