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Over the last several years Lezlie Harrisons burnished, soulful alto, striking beauty and distinctive blend of jazz, classic 's soul, and original music has become a fixture on the New York jazz scene. Often heard around New York City in venues like the The Sugar Bar, Zinc Bar, the Metropolitan Room and Smalls Jazz Club. She recently performed for a sold out house at the Apollo Theater during the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival. Harrison also plays frequently at The Jazz Gallery with her own group and with the Roy Hargrove Big Band --- All About Jazz voted one such engagement with Hargrove Best Performance of . Luminaries like Dr. Lonnie Smith, Johnny ONeal and Grady Tate have brought her funky, sultry presence to their bandstands. She was a featured vocalist at the Charlie Parker Jazz festival, opening for Cassandra Wilson. Harrison has excelled in other areas of creative performance. These include early theatrical experiences with the Negro Ensemble Company and success as an on-air radio personality, first with a weekly jazz program at WBGO, and more recently hosting a daily show on the the blues channel on Sirius Satellite Radio. Harrison is a co-founder of The Jazz Gallery. Lezlie draws upon the deepest foundations of her musical orientation the soul music that surrounded her during formative years in Harlem, the gospel music she sang as a child in her grandfathers Methodist church in North Carolina. Drawn to male vocalists Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Sly Stone, and Johnny Hartman, Harrisons trademark has been to update classic s soul repertoire with a modern outlook. She calls them the soul standards that shaped my life. She moves from a deeply felt blues to a swinging jazz tune, then takes it home with a soulful ballad that brings tears to your eyes. And you the audience are right there with her.