Nashville native and bassist Ike Harris serves as adjunct instructor of string bass and electric bass guitar. He holds a BME from Austin Peay State University where he was also on the faculty for several years. He is a professional bassist in the Nashville area and tours extensively playing jazz at festivals and cruises around the U.S. and internationally. He has also taught at Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, and University School of Nashville, and is a member of the International Society of Bassists.
Among his diverse achievements working in Nashville, he has performed in the staff orchestras of WSM TV and Radio, Opryland USA and the Nashville Network. He has performed with Nashville legends Boots Randolph, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Danny Davis, Jerry Reed, Brenda Lee, and Crystal Gayle, among others. Visiting jazz performers Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Raney, Mundell Lowe, Urbie Green, Richie Cole, Buddy Morrow, Ed Shaunessy and the Mills Brothers have also enlisted services of Ike’s bass. He’s performed several musicals with touring companies out of New York, including Beauty and the Beast, Ragtime, Annie Get Your Gun and Chicago. He has also played in the bass section of area orchestras, including the Trevecca Symphony, Nashville Philharmonic, Bowling Green Symphony, and local ensembles such as the Nashville Chamber Players and the Nashville Wind Ensemble.
Currently, Harris is in the process of publishing a book entitled, Switching Over: The Electric Bassists Guide to Double Bass.