Harris is a jazz trombonist who became popular in the 70s due to his versatility and virtuosity. His work carries a unique sense of concept and a total command of the sweeping expanse of musical expression bringing him far beyond the confines of the jazz world and into the sphere of multimedia and performance art as composer, performer, conceptualist, curator and artistic director. He has performed with numerous influential musicians such as ncluding Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jaki Byard, Muhal Richard Abrams, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Lester Bowie, The WORLD Saxophone Quartet, and The Roots.