Eric Harland

Eric Harland (born November 8, 1976) is an American jazz drummer.

Eric Harland
Harland performing in Munich, Germany with the SFJAZZ Collective on March 10, 2010
Harland performing in Munich, Germany with the SFJAZZ Collective on March 10, 2010
Background information
Born (1976-11-08) November 8, 1976 (age 43)
Houston, Texas, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, bandleader
Associated actsJoshua Redman, Charles Lloyd, Kurt Rosenwinkel
WebsiteEric Harland
Harland at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, 2018

In addition to leading his own group, Harland is a member of Charles Lloyd's Quartet, Dave Holland's Prism, James Farm with Joshua Redman, and Taylor Eigsti's Trio.

He has also been a member of McCoy Tyner's Quartet, Kurt Rosenwinkel's Standards Trio, Aaron Goldberg's Trio, Julian Lage's Trio, Chris Potter's Trio, and Terence Blanchard's Quintet, among other groups.[1][2] He was a member of the SFJAZZ Collective from 2005 to 2012.


Harland began his professional career in 1993 playing locally in Houston, Texas, as he finished high school at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where many notable performers have studied. Harland won first chair in 1992–93 with the Regional and All State Texas Jazz Band. He received a special Citation for Outstanding Musicianship in 1994 from the International Association for Jazz Education. During a workshop in high school, Wynton Marsalis encouraged Harland to study in New York City.

After graduation Harland attended the Manhattan School of Music with a full scholarship in their music program. After music school he went on to study Theology at Houston Baptist University (College of Biblical Studies) and was subsequently ordained as a Minister.

Harland has been featured on over 80 recordings with various artists. Among these recordings, Let's Get Lost and Wandering Moon (Terence Blanchard), Back East (Joshua Redman), and Land of Giants (McCoy Tyner) were nominated for Grammy Awards. With Blanchard and Spike Lee, Harland has performed in 18 motion picture movie scores, including The Caveman's Valentine, Original Sin, People I Know, and Dark Blue.

Harland has toured and recorded with Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Ravi Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, Walter Smith III, Aaron Parks, John Patitucci, Zakir Hussain, and others.

In DownBeat's 65th Annual Readers Poll, Harland was included on the short list of world's most recognized drummers along with Elvin Jones and Roy Haynes. He also won the 2008 and 2009 Critics Polls for Rising Star on the Drums. Harland was featured in the September 2002 and November 2009 issues of Modern Drummer.

Harland released his debut album, Voyager: Live by Night, in late 2010. It features Walter Smith III, Julian Lage, Taylor Eigsti and Harish Raghavan.

Harland's second album, Vipassana, was released on August 11, 2014.[3]

In April 2017, Harland opened a state-of-the-art recording studio in New York City called GSI Studios, with partners Daniel Rovin and Austin White.[4]

Harland's latest album 13th Floor was released in November 2018.[5]


Harland plays Sakae drums, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads and Vic Firth sticks.


As leaderEdit

  • Voyager: Live by Night
  • Vipassana
  • 13th Floor

As sidemanEdit

With Stefano di Battista

  • Trouble Shootin'

With Terence Blanchard

With Ravi Coltrane

With Taylor Eigsti

  • Let It Come to You
  • Daylight at Midnight

With Aaron Goldberg

  • Tuning Point
  • Unfolding
  • Worlds
  • Home

With Jimmy Greene

  • Gift and Givers
  • True Life Stories
  • Mission Statement

With Dave Holland

With Dave Lisik

With Charles Lloyd

With the Monterey Quartet

With Jason Moran

With Wolfgang Muthspiel

With Greg Osby

  • Inner Circle
  • Further Ado

With Aaron Parks

With Chris Potter

With Joshua Redman

With Kurt Rosenwinkel

With the SFJAZZ Collective

  • SF Jazz Collective Live 2005
  • SF Jazz Collective Live 2006
  • SF Jazz Collective Live 2007
  • SF Jazz Collective Live 2008
  • SF Jazz Collective Live 2009
  • SF Jazz Collective Live 2010
  • SF Jazz Collective Live 2011

With Edward Simon

  • The Process

With Walter Smith III

  • Casually Introducing Walter Smith III
  • III
  • TWIO

With Dayna Stephens

  • The Timeless Now
  • Gratitude

With Zhenya Strigalev

  • Smiling Organizm

With John Swana

  • On Target

With Jacky Terrasson

  • Smile

With the 3 Cohens

  • Braid

With McCoy Tyner

With Joel Weiskopf

  • Devoted to You




  1. ^ "Eric Harland". Drummerworld. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "Eric Harland". Allmusic. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
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  4. ^ "GSI Studios". GSI Studios. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
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