Harrison Ivaz’s melodic originals and singular style fuses diverse influences from Wes Montgomery & George Benson to Frank Zappa, Tera Melos and Radiohead with humor and sophistication. A Capilano University Jazz Studies Grad, Harrison has studied with Vancouver jazz icon Bill Coon and performed as guitarist in the renowned Capilano University A Band under the direction of Brad Turner. Born in Chicago and raised in Vancouver, Harrison has also performed at festivals including Lollapalooza, Milwaukee Summerfest, Zentsura AT in Bilbao, Spain, The West Vancouver Harmony Arts Festival, Whistler Animation Festival, Best In Vancouver at The Railway Club and more. Guitarist in the Capilano University A Band from 2021-2023, Harrison has accompanied Pat LaBarbera, Scott Robinson and Denzal Sinclaire. The son of pro musician parents, Harrison’s awards include first place in the 2013 BC Youth Week Amplifier Competition, and Semi-Finalist two years in a row at the PNE (Pacific National Exposition) Talent Competition. His anti-bullying rock anthem and music video “Sweet & Sunny” written by Harrison at age 12, is at over 65,000 views on YouTube and is still shared by anti-bullying organizations in the US and Canada. Harrison was also one of Vancouver’s young actors and has appeared on TV, in radio commercials and theatre productions.
For this special jam session Harrison will be joined by Brad Turner, David Caballero, and Arvind Ramdas. All graduating members of the 2023 Capilano Jazz Studies program (as well as all Cap faculty) are invited to come play at this special jam session.