Peter Harris, a New Orleans native, has been playing bass professionally since 1996. He has performed around the world with a wide array of artists, including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Herlin Riley, Theresa Andersson, the Jordan family (Kent, Marlon, Stephanie, Rachel), Don Vappie, Branford Marsalis, Astral Project, Stanton Moore, Henry Butler, Papa Grows Funk, Germaine Bazzle, John Boutte, and the Hot Club of New Orleans.
In 2013 Harris released his first CD under his own name, "The Jackal," featuring Derek Douget, Jason Marsalis, Shane Theriot, David Torkanowsky, Rex Gregory, and other established young stars. Harris has also recorded with Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Irma Thomas, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Theresa Andersson, the Hot Club of New Orleans, and John Boutte, among others. He currently performs regularly with Germaine Bazzle, Shannon Powell, Jason Marsalis, and Irvin Mayfield.
Harris received both his Bachelor's of Music (2000) and Masters of Music (2005) from the University of New Orleans, where he was a Louis Armstrong Scholarship recipient in 2003. He has served as a clinician at Loyola University (New Orleans), Tulane University, Baton Rouge Community College, International JAZZ Workshop (Innsbruck, Austria), and several high schools throughout south Louisiana. In addition to teaching applied bass at UNO, Harris is currently on faculty at the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music.