CROSS THAT RIVER – The Musical Story Of A Runaway Slave Who Became A Black Cowboy
A quarter of the cowhands in the West were Black. Allan Harris, a Harlem composer found a way to honor their history in a special Off-Broadway musical about Blue, a run-away slave, who escapes from slavery to Texas to become one of America’s first Black Cowboys. This compelling tale of freedom integrates fiction with historical fact, and each song presents a different page in this complicated chapter of American History.
Allan Harris is a jazz vocalist, producer, composer, guitarist, songwriter, actor and educator. A natural entertainer, his dynamic stage presence has made him a mainstay in concert halls, theaters, jazz clubs and jazz festivals around the world. Tony Bennett has called him “my favorite singer.” He has been a guest performer with such notables as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Vince Gill and Stevie Wonder. His numerous awards include the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” – which he won three times. Memories of his early career playing guitar and singing with country rock bands inspired him to create Cross That River, a stunning portrait of the African American West. Cross That River features Mr. Harris along with eight other performers/musicians.