As one of the very few native sons of the music business in Nashville TN, Ike Harris has performed with an amazing variety of artists and ensembles during his career. You may find him in a club with a jazz group, in the studio with a country artist, in a classroom with music education majors, or on a concert stage with a symphony orchestra.
On the Nashville side, he began his career with a long tenure with the Opryland theme park. On the country scene, he was a regular with Crystal Gayle, Boots Randolph, and Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass. He also performed with Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Pam Tillis, Jerry Reed, Hank Williams Jr., and Vince Gill.
Among jazz and big band notables, Ike has backed up the likes of Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Raney, Mundell Lowe, Cal Collins, Ed Shaunessy, Urbie Green, Richie Cole, Bob Crosby, Buddy Morrow and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Helen Forrest, and the Mills Bros., as well as entertainers, Frankie Avalon, Danny Gans, and Phyllis Diller.
On the classical scene, he’s performed with the Nashville Symphony Pops, university orchestras of Trevecca, APSU, MTSU, Western KY, Murray State, and Sewanee. Other ensembles include, the Nashville Wind Ensembles and the Nashville Chamber Players.
In broadcasting, he’s been with the staff bands of WSM TV and Radio, and the Nashville Network. In theatre, he has performed in the pit orchestras of several touring musicals out of New York, such as, Ragtime, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Peter Pan, Sound of Music, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, among others.
Currently, Ike is keeping a busy teaching studio, involving two of Nashville’s elite magnet schools, Meigs Middle, Hume Fogg High, and Lipscomb University. He has also been involved with Austin Peay State, Middle Tennesee State, Belmont University, and University of the South at Sewanee. Otherwise, he may be found in any number of venues and studios in and around Nashville. His longtime association with the late traditional jazz trombonist, Louis Brown, eventually led him to join the Titan Hot Seven in 2001.