Making the Low Notes: A Life in Music

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Open Books Press
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5.5 X 8.25 X 0.54 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
Bill Harrison worked as a professional bassist in Chicago for four decades. He performed with jazz luminaries Clark Terry, James Moody, Bunky Green, Max Roach, Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others. His theatrical credits include Wicked, The Lion King, Always Patsy Cline, The Visit, Bounce, Turn of the Century, and Billy Elliot. Bill's writing has been published in After Hours, Allium, Counseling Today, The Intermezzo, Performink, The Sandpiper, Sledgehammer, Under the Gum Tree, and elsewhere. He has a private psychotherapy practice in Chicago, where he lives with his poet/therapist wife, Nina Corwin, and a naughty Bengal named Jazzy.

"Making the Low Notes is a rollicking and heartfelt memoir about a lifelong love affair with music. Harrison writes about the highs and lows of a musician's life with wit, candor, and verve, capturing the pleasures of performing in the limelight as well as in its lambent periphery."

--Meghan O'Gieblyn, author of Altered States

"Bill Harrison's memoir captures the wild life of a professional musi-cian with great flair. I had a blast discovering the lessons Bill learned from Joe Daley, Warren Benfield, and other Chicago musical legends. Bill paints a vivid picture of the highs and lows of the circuitous path of the professional musician. Highly recommended!"

--Jason Heath, bassist, teacher, podcaster, and writer

"In this vivid and can-did tale, Bill Harrison's journey through that life visits the crazy, the difficult, and ultimately the rewarding places that are so common to this adventure. . . . The tale of a true survivor, this deeply felt memoir transcends jazz bass, as does this next chapter of his own life."

--Steve Rodby, multi Grammy Award-winning bassist, producer, former member of the Pat Metheny Group

"I first met Bill Harrison nearly 50 years ago . . . But I never really heard him until reading this account of his honest, intimate, often witty and always insightful journey. . . . Title notwithstanding, Harrison hits plenty of high notes along the way."

--Neil Tesser, Grammy-winning author and broadcaster

"Harrison's memoir will tell you a lot about the bass and being a bassist . . . Although Harrison's knowledge of his instrument and the bassist's trade is bottomless (and delightful), he fetishizes neither. This is a profound book about life, love, and commitment."

--David Van Biema, former religion writer for Time magazine and coauthor of The Prayer Wheel

"Bill Harrison is an awesome, creative musician, a master of all styles of improvisation."

--Hankus Netsky, multi-instrumentalist, composer, faculty New England Conservatory