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When this co-founder of New York City’s infamous haunt The Jazz Gallery, hits the mic she draws upon the deepest foundations of her musical orientation. The soul music that surrounded her during formative years in Harlem and the gospel music she sang as a child in her grandfather’s Methodist church in North Carolina have formed vocalist LEZLIE HARRISON into of New York City’s finest vocalists. Drawn to male vocalists Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Sly Stone, and Johnny Hartman, Harrison’s trademark has been to update classic 70’s soul repertoire with a modern outlook. She calls them “the soul standards that shaped my life.” Over the last several years Lezlie Harrison’s burnished, soulful alto, striking beauty and distinctive blend of jazz, classic 70's soul, and original music has become a fixture on the New York jazz scene. She has performed with luminaries such as Roy Hargrove, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Johnny O’Neal, Orrin Evans and Grady Tate and all continue to bring her funky, sultry presence to their bandstands over and over. Harrison was a featured vocalist at the 2007 Charlie Parker Jazz festival, opening for Cassandra Wilson at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. AAJ voted her 2006 performance with Hargrove “best of the year”. Harrison’s international engagements include extended gigs in Paris, Istanbul, Tel Aviv and Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera and a recent tour of Russia. Harrison has also excelled in other areas of creative performance including early theatrical experiences with the Negro Ensemble Company and her continued voice which she lends as an on-air radio personality at Public Radio’s own mainstay, WBGO.