"JAZZ MUSIC - Music of youth, music of love which creates a heart of truth"

PHILIP HARPER  (Baltimore, 1965)  started playing trumpet when he was ten years old under tutorage of his older brother, Danny. Later he studied at Hartt School of Music with Jackie McLean.

At the age of 18 Philip moved to New York, where he started working and recording extensively, with such musicians as “Little” Jimmy Scott, Jimmy McGriff, Betty Carter, Etta Jones, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Bill Cosby and Cedar Walton.

Between the years 1986 and 1988 he was a member of Art Blakey´s Jazz Messengers, with whom he made several live recordings.

After leaving the Messengers he formed a group with his brother, drummer Winard Harper.

The Harper Brothers toured throughout the world and made several successful albums for Polygram/Verve. Philip Harper has made over 50 recordings, both as leader – his solo albums “Soulful Sin” and “The Thirteenth Moon” on Muse Records – and as a sideman, which has earned him number one position on numerous jazz play lists and critic polls.

In the past years Philip has been living in Europe as well as in the USA, playing with Benny Golson, Cedar Walton and the Mingus Bigband. With the latter he is currently touring the globe.




October 5 2021, w/Mingus Big Band @the Django, NYC


October 1 2021, Philip Harper Quartet ft. Jerry Weldon & Winard Harper @Smalls, NYC

September 24 2021, Philip Harper Quartet ft. Scott Robinson @Smalls, NYC

September 22 2021, w/Mingus Big Band @Drom NYC

September 17 2021, Philip Harper Quartet @Smalls, NYC

September 10 2021, Philip Harper Quintet @Smalls, NYC

September 3 2021, PHQ In My Living Room @Smalls, NYC

July 30 2021, In My Living Room @Smalls, NYC

July 29 2021, Mingus Big Band @Drom NYC

July 2 2021, In My Living Room @Smalls, NYC

June 25 2021, Friday’s Late Night show @Smalls, NYC

June 18 2021, Friday’s Late Night show @Smalls, NYC

June 11 2021, Surf and Turf, Late Night show @Smalls, NYC

June 2021, Every Friday, Late Night show @Smalls, NYC

May 2021, Manhattan by Sail. Every Wednesday and Thursday

Evening Wine & Jazz Cruise – at the Shearwater Classic Schooner




April 9th (Sat) Philip Harper Quintet at Brooklyn Rooftop Series, NYC

February 20th (Sat) Philip Harper Quintet, live stream, Smalls NYC



November 28th (Sat) Philip Harper Quintet, live@Smalls 5 & 7 pm, NYC


October 17th (Sat) Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy Onward&Upward.

Live stream The Side Door Jazz Club @the Old Lyme Inn,  Connecticut


August 22nd (Sat) Philip Harper Quintet, live stream Smalls NYC












February 3rd (Mon) Mingus Mondays, Jazz Standard NYC

February 1st (Sat) Philip Harper Quintet, Smalls (After Hours), NYC

January 17th (Fri) Spigame Big Band Music with Victor Jones @The Cutting Room, NYC

January 13th (Mon) Mingus Mondays, Jazz Standard, NYC

January   6th (Mon) Mingus Mondays, Jazz Standard, NYC



December 29th (Sun) Café Olivier 4-7 pm, Leiden, The Netherlands

December 15th  (Sun) De Twee Spieghels 4-7 pm, Leiden, The Netherlands

December 13th  (Fri)  Hotel Indigo 5-7 pm, The Hague, The Netherlands


November 30st (Sat)   Swing Bar, Conegliano, Italy

November 29th (Fri)   Hotel Laurin, Bolzano, Italy

November 28th (Thu) Conegliano Veneto, Italy

November 22nd (Fri)  Taverna Visconti, Milano, Italy

November 19th (Tue)  Cantine dell Arena, Verona, Italy


November 17th (Sun)  Pavlov, The Hague, The Netherlands

November  7th (Thu)   Syndicaat, The Hague, The Netherlands

November  3rd (Sun)   Fascinating Jazz, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

Horn created by Antonio Rapacciuolo











November 1st (Fri)   Mingus Big Band, Triennale Teatro dell’Arte, Milan, Italy

October 31st (Thu)   Mingus Big Band, Jazzonzet Festival Lausanne / Salle Paderewski, Lausanne, Switzerland

October 30th (Wed) Mingus Big Band, Cultuurcentrum Zwaneberg, Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium

October 29th (Tue)  Mingus Big Band, Istrian National Theatre, Pula, Croatia

October 27th (Sun)  Mingus Big Band, Kombank dvorana, Belgrade, Serbia

October 26th (Sat)   Mingus Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s, London UK

October 25th (Fri)    Mingus Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s, London UK

October 24th (Thu)  Mingus Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s, London UK

October 23rd (Wed) Mingus Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s, London UK

October 22nd (Tue)  Mingus Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s, London UK

October 21st (Mon)  Mingus Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s, London UK

September 26th (Thu) Philip Harper, Jazz Cafe NYC, 155 5th Ave, Brooklyn NY 11217 (

September 21st (Sat) Daahoud Salim Quintet, Generations Jazz Festival 2019, Theater Orpheus Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

JAZZ MESSENGERS Tribute – Tour Japan 2019

July 4th (Thu) Amigo! Iruma, Saitama
July 5th (Fri) Pit Inn Shinjuku, Tokyo
July 6th (Sat) Musashino Bunka Hall Musashino, Tokyo
July 9th (Tue) Kitsune Kubo Isesaki, Gunma
July 10th (Wed) Warm Stone Nagai, Yamagata
July 11th (Thu) Bar Chic Tsuruoka, Yamagata
July 12th (Fri) The Cat Walk Akita, Akita
July 13th (Sat) Noshiro Bunka Hall, Noshiro city
July 14th (Sun) Jazz Inn Relaxin’, Sendai, Miyagi
July 17th (Wed) Morishita Bunka Hall Kohtohku, Tokyo
July 18th (Thu) Star Eyes Nagoya, Nagoya
July 19th (Fri) Left Alone Ashiya, Hyogo
July 20st (Sat) Hall Matsuyama, Ehime
July 21st (Sun) Tokyo Daiichi Hotel Shimonoseki Yamaguchi
July 22nd (Mon) Back Stage, Fukuoka
July 23rd (Tue) Cinema take Saga, Saga
July 25th (Thu) Royal Hall Osaka, Osaka
July 26th (Fri) Life Time Shizuoka, Shizuoka
July 27th (Sat) Ohga Hall Karuizawa Jazz Festival, Karuizawa
July 28th (Sun) Milkywave Kawagoe, Saitama
July 29th (Mon) Komorebi Hall Nishitokyo, Tokyo
July 30th (Tue) Cotton Club Kohfu, Yamanashi
July 31st (Wed) B flat Akasaka, Tokyo

March 14th (Thu) Philip Harper Trio, Jazz In De Kamer, Leiden, The Netherlands

March 18th (Mon) NYCTG “The Great American Songbook”, De Oosterpoort Groningen, The Netherlands

March 21st (Thu) Philip Harper Quintet “Lee-Way” (2), De Regentenkamer in het Koorenhuis, Den Haag, The Netherlands

March 23rd (Sat) Cotton Club, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

March 27th (Wed) Stadsbrasserie, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

“Let my children have music! Let them hear live music. Not noise. My children! You do what you want with your own!”

— Charles Mingus