Peter Harris, a New Orleans native, has been playing bass professionally since 1994. He has performed with a wide array of artists, including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Nicholas Payton, Astral Project, and Papa Gros Funk. Harris has also recorded with Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Irma Thomas, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Theresa Andersson, and John Boutte. Harris received both his Bachelor's of Music (2000) and Master's of Music (2005) from the University of New Orleans, where he was a Louis Armstrong Scholarship recipient.
On his debut album, "The Jackal" (2013), Harris steps out on his own as producer, composer, and arranger. The album features 6 original compositions, which draw on Harris' wide range of musical experience. Offbeat magazine describes the record as "modern in a classic jazz sense. Harris' original tunes have a coherence and energy that make them sound like jazz standards. They have catchy melodies, great solos and direction—they go someplace with purpose."
Harris is currently on faculty at the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music, and at the University of New Orleans. He performs regularly with Don Vappie, Shannon Powell, Irvin Mayfield, and Germaine Bazzle.