Jesse Harris is an accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. Best known for having written and played guitar on Norah Jones’ breakout hit “Don’t Know Why” (for which he won the 2003 Grammy Award for Song Of The Year), he has also had his songs recorded by numerous other artists, including Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson, Cat Power, Solomon Burke, and Emmylou Harris. As a solo artist, Jesse has released over 10 albums.
Jesse Harris’ latest album is Sub Rosa. After years of traveling to Brazil, Jesse, who is an avid fan of Brazilian music, spent January 2011 living in Rio, forging relationships with many artists, including Maria Gadu, Dadi, and Vinicius Cantuaria. Throughout the year he continued to travel back and forth, leading to a series of performances there this past November with a band made up of Brazilians and New Yorkers. Sub Rosa was recorded in Rio immediately following these shows. Back in NYC Jesse added overdubs, with guest appearances by Norah Jones (on 4 tracks), Conor Oberst, Bill Frisell, Melody Gardot, and Nick Zinner, as well as ensembles of strings and horns with players ranging from members of Bon Iver to Brooklyn Rider.