Allan Harris: Kate’s Soul Food

SMDCAC Presents

Allan Harris: Kate’s Soul Food


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Sat, Jul 31, 2021 | 8:30pm
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Black Box Theater
$30 Advance; $35 Day of Performance

Allan Harris performs song from his highly anticipated new recording, recently selected by the Denver organization “Pathways to Jazz” as the 2019 recipient of their annual jazz grant.  This album, entitled “Kate’s Soul Food” is slated for a 2021 release. Featuring all original songs penned by Harris, it highlights his uniquely soulful jazz and blues influences by paying homage to his Aunt Kate who’s restaurant “Kate’s Home Cooking” located near the Apollo Theater, was where the Apollo performers dined when they were in Harlem.

This restaurant was a huge influence on Harris’ childhood where he spent Sunday afternoons at the matinees dining among celebrities like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.  In fact, it was so popular that Jimmy Smith featured it on his 1959 album Home Cookin’.  In composing the new songs for this recording, Harris also pays homage to the two other women in his life, his mother who was a classical pianist and his other Aunt Phoebe who was a blues singer produced by the famed African American record producer, Clarence Williams.  They fell in love and had a child together…but the project was never completed because of his sudden death.  These women inspired Harris to become a musician and this album honors them and others who have influenced him in his life.

Allan Harris - vocals/guitar
Arcoiris Sandoval - piano/keys
Shirazette Tinnin-drums
Marty Kenney-bass

Allan Harris

This performance is made possible with the support of Jazz Road, a national initiative of South Arts, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Recommended for ages 13 and up. All patrons entering the theater require a ticket, regardless of age. Outside food & beverage are not allowed into the venue. Strollers are not permitted inside the auditorium. Senior, military and group (20+) discount available. Contact the SMDCAC Box Office for details. 

PLEASE NOTE: The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center remains closed to the public until such time as health conditions allow us to operate to full capacity of our facility with assurance for the safety of the public, artists, and our staff. In anticipation of a possible re-opening, the Center is selling subscriptions, dance packages and single tickets for performances beginning in January 2021.

It is important to emphasize that the Center will re-open only when Emergency Orders that have closed theaters are lifted and when a determination is made that public health and safety can be reasonably assured when attending the Center. In the event that the Center must cancel some or all of these 2021 events, the following options will be available to patrons:

· Receive a refund
· Exchange your ticket for a gift certificate
· Exchange your ticket for an alternate show

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