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Harvey William Mason (born February 22, 1947) is an American jazz drummer, record producer, and member of the band Fourplay. He has worked with many jazz and jazz fusion artists, including Bob James, Dave Grusin, Chick Corea, the Brecker Brothers, Chuck Loeb, Nathan East, Lee Ritenour, Casiopea, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and almost all the Mizell Brothers productions with Donald Byrd, Johnny Hammond, Bobbi Humphrey, and Gary Bartz. He is featured on George Benson's multi-platinum-selling breakthrough jazz to pop crossover album of 1976, Breezin'. Mason is the father of Harvey Mason Jr.

Harvey Mason
Background information
Birth nameHarvey William Mason
Born (1947-02-22) February 22, 1947 (age 72)
Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresJazz, smooth jazz, rock, pop, R&B, soul, country, classical, Latin
Occupation(s)Musician, producer, composer
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1970–present
LabelsArista, Atlantic, Concord
Associated actsThe Headhunters, Fourplay, Chameleon Band

Mason grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey and attended Atlantic City High School.[1]


Starting in 1975, Mason began recording albums as a leader, the first five for Arista Records, which he also produced hiring the cream of the crop of primarily West Coast-based musicians and singers from the jazz, rock, pop, R&B and recording session scenes. In 1979, he had a hit single in dance clubs with "Groovin' You," the title track of his fourth album. It was sampled by house music producer Gusto in his 1996 hit "Disco's Revenge".


Mason endorses Canopus drums,[2] Murat Diril cymbals,[3] Remo drumheads, DW pedals, Vic Firth drumsticks[4] and Roc N Soc drum thrones.[5] Mason has his own Vic Firth Harvey Mason signature drumstick [4] and Vic Firth Harvey Mason Chameleon signature drumstick.[4] In the past, he has previously used Gretsch drums,[6] Premier drums,[7] Rogers Drums,[8] Tama drums,[9] Sabian cymbals, Zildjian cymbals,[8] Toca percussion[6] and Gibraltar Hardware.[6]


As leaderEdit

Title Released Label
Marching in the Street 1976 Arista
Earth Mover 1977 Arista
Funk in a Mason Jar 1977 Arista
Groovin' You 1979 Arista
M.V.P 1981 Arista
Stone Mason 1982 Atlantic
Ratamacue 1996 Atlantic
Trios 2003 Video Arts
With All My Heart 2004 RCA
Changing Partners 2012 Video Arts
Chameleon 2014 Concord

With Fourplay

Title Released Label
Fourplay 1991 Warner Bros.
Between the Sheets 1993 Warner Bros.
Elixir 1995 Warner Bros.
The Best of Fourplay 1997 Warner Bros.
4 1998 Warner Bros.
Snowbound 1999 Warner Bros.
Yes, Please! 2000 Warner Bros.
Heartfelt 2002 Bluebird
Journey 2004 Bluebird
X 2006 Bluebird
Energy 2008 Heads Up
Let's Touch the Sky 2010 Heads Up
Esprit de Four 2012 Heads Up
Silver 2015 Heads Up

As sidemanEdit

With Larry Carlton

  • Deep into It (2001)
  • I Hear Angels Calling (2006)

With George Benson

With Donald Byrd

With Ron Carter

With Casiopea

With Herbie Hancock

With Gene Harris

With Bobbi Humphrey

With Bob James

  • One (1974)
  • Two (1975)
  • Three (1976)
  • BJ4 (1977)
  • Heads (1977)
  • Hi-Fi (2003)
  • Angels of Shanghai (2006)

With Lee Ritenour

With Stanley Turrentine

With Grover Washington Jr.

With Carole King

With Moacir Santos

With The Brothers Johnson

With Dee Dee Bridgewater


  1. ^ Jackson, Vincent. "AC native Harvey Mason moves to the beat of his drum; Native son returns to Atlantic City Saturday to perform his own music", The Press of Atlantic City, June 23, 2015. Accessed August 8, 2018. "'It was a one-of-a-kind kind of situation, and unfortunately, it doesn't exist that way, but I was very, very fortunate,' said Mason, who began playing drums professionally during the 1960s while attending Atlantic City High School."
  2. ^ "Harvey Mason Profile". Archived from the original on 2015-01-07. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "Harvey Mason: Murat Diril Cymbals". Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  4. ^ a b c "Artists". Vic Firth. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  5. ^ "Contact – Harvey Mason". Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Fourplay (3) – Elixir at Discogs
  7. ^ Harvey Mason – M.V.P. at Discogs
  8. ^ a b Harvey Mason – Groovin' You at Discogs
  9. ^ "Harvey Mason « Fourplay". 2016-07-16. Retrieved 2016-07-22.

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