About Harrison Wood
Double Bass / Electric Bass / Fretless Bass / Electric Double Bass / Synth
London session bassist Harrison Wood is currently the bass player on the world premier production of ‘Mrs Henderson Presents’ which is being performed at the Noel Coward theatre in London’s West End. Previous to this Harrison held the bass chair at London’s Dominion theatre on the original UK production of ‘Elf the Musical’ 2015/16 featuring a live 16 piece orchestra.
Harrison can be heard on both original London Cast recordings for ‘Mrs Henderson Presents’ (Sony Classics) and ‘Elf the Musical’ (Silver Screen records).
Other theatre credits include a year long UK & Ireland tour of the Irving Berlin musical ‘Top Hat’ in 2014/15. Harrison has numerous deputy credits on such shows as ‘The Who’s Tommy’ & ‘Mary Poppins’.
Before becoming an established London (West End) musician in 2015 Harrison’s theatre work included pantomime seasons at Oldham Coliseum, Sheffield Lyceum & Preston Guildhall. Harrison also toured the UK & Europe with ensembles such as ‘The Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra’, ‘The New Squadronaires Orchestra’, ‘The Bobby Darin Songbook’, ‘The Burt Kempford Orchestra’ and ‘The Nelson Riddle Orchestra’.
Harrison can be seen making regularly appearances with British Orchestras such as ‘Royal Northern Sinfonia’ & ‘Opera North’. Plus big bands such as ‘The Syd Lawrence Orchestra’.
Before residing in London Harrison was the bass player in ‘Beats & Pieces Big Band’ recording their first two albums ‘Big Ideas’ and ‘All In’ both under ‘Epfi Records’. Harrison was a member in March 2011 when Beats and Pieces went to Burghausen in Germany and won the European Young Artists’ Jazz Award which resulted in performing the opening gig of the Burghausen International Jazz Festival, playing before Chick Corea & Gary Burton. The gig was filmed by German TV station BR-alpha.
Harrison has performed at numerous festivals and venues such as Ronnie Scott’s in London (UK), the London and Manchester Jazz Festivals (headline act), The Bridgewater Hall to name but a few.
As well as live work Harrison can be found working regularly in many studios across the UK. These include the likes of Abbey Road, Angel Studios, Real World Studios, Livingstone Studios, 80Hertz Studio and many more. Harrison can be heard on a variety of records from a broad range of genres. Harrison’s experience in these world renowned studios led him to have a keen interest in recording and consequently opened his own home studio in 2014. From his home studio he has played on numerous recordings and projects including tracks for such things as library music, pantomimes, demo tapes etc. Please visit Harrison’s recording page for more information.
Harrison has worked and played with with an eclectic mix of artists such as :- Tony Hatch, Don Black, George Fenton, Larry Blank, Neil Claxton, John Reid, Russell Watson, Jonathan Ansell, Ben Forster, Joe McElderry, Ray Quinn to name but a few.
Harrison’s latest project is ‘A tribute to NHOP’. A Collaboration between Harrison Wood and Pianist Simon Tappin has brought to life the music of the George Shearing Trio and in particular ‘The MPS Trio’ Sessions. The collaboration have collectively transcribed (note for note) numerous tracks from the album. These transcriptions plus many of Harrison’s favourite NHOP bass lines and compositions will be thrown into one large collection of ‘A Tribute to NHOP’! Dates will be announced shortly for 2016.
Harrison Wood attended the Royal Northern College of Music on a scholarship after spending many years studying at the Junior RNCM and on Halle Youth Schemes. Harrison’s professors include personnel such as Jiri Hudec, Bozo Paradzik & John Goldsby.
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Harrison Wood CV
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