Harrison Bankhead

Harrison Bankhead (born in Waukegan, Illinois)[1] is an American jazz double-bassist.

Bankhead became associated with the Chicago jazz scene in the early 1980s.[2] He became associated early in his career with Fred Anderson, playing frequently with Anderson on tour as well as at Anderson's Chicago club, the Velvet Lounge.[3] In addition to Anderson, Bankhead has worked with Oliver Lake, Roscoe Mitchell, Von Freeman, Malachi Thompson, 8 Bold Souls, and Hamid Drake, and is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. His first album as a leader, Morning Sun/Harvest Moon, was released on Engine, a sublabel of ESP-Disk, in 2011, and featured sidemen Edward Wilkerson, Jr., Mars Williams, James Sanders, Avreeayl Ra, and Ernie Adams.[4] He followed this with Velvet Blue, with Wilkerson, Williams, and Ra, whose name and title track pay tribute to Fred Anderson and the Velvet Lounge.[5]


As leader

  • Morning Sun/Harvest Moon (Engine Studios, 2011)
  • Velvet Blue (Engine Studios, 2013)

With Malachi Thompson

With others