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The Jazz Master: Honoring Dr. Teddy Harris, Jr.

He was the teacher. He was the guy who stayed in town, stayed in Detroit, and continued to nurture the talent.”

Oliver Ragsdale Jr.President of the Carr Center for the Arts

Courtesy of the Motown Ambassadors

A pianist, soprano saxophonist, composer and arranger, Dr. Teddy Harris, Jr. (1934-2005) was many things. With direction credits with Motown legends The Supremes and The Temptations, he earned his keep on the Detroit Jazz circuit, later representing Bill Clinton as a Jazz Master and Cultural Ambassador. The Carr Center  is honoring Teddy Harris, Jr. in part of their Legacy Concert Series. Oliver Ragsdale, Jr. sits down with WDET’s Travis Wright to talk about the incredible influence of Harris.

 -Eli Newman, Culture City assoc. producer

Image credit: Courtesy of the Detroit Jazz Festival

Aired on: Culture City
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Travis Wright

Host, CultureShift

Bringing a voice balanced by humble humor and clever cultural insight to WDET’s afternoon airwaves.

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