Harvey Mason presents “A Tribute to Aretha” featuring Dira Sugandi
Within the pantheon of all-around percussion masters in the disciplines of music - recorded and performed - Harvey Mason mans a drum throne exclusively his own.
Posted firmly in his fifth decade of professional music making with no signs of slowing, his precision time keeping and versatility have placed him among the most in-demand session drummers of all-time. With his tumbling tom-tom fills, and the lickity slick synchronization between his hi-hat cymbals, snare and bass drums as instantly recognizable sonic signatures, it’s no wonder he has won four 1st place plaques from Modern Drummer magazine's annual studio poll and, for 2017, is nominated for the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.
Rhythm Master only begins to define Mason’s prodigious gifts once composer, arranger and educator are factored into the mix. The breadth of his creativity as an artist with albums as a leader showcasing his skills in pre and postproduction has also been internationally acclaimed. He even co-wrote a choral campaign anthem in 2008 for Presidential nominee Barack Obama, “A Change We Can Believe In (Yes We Can)” and produced its music video. The multiply Grammy-nominated man known as “The Mase” has proven himself invaluable from jazz combos to recording studios to motion picture sound stages to symphony orchestras, sharing his gifts at the service of an enviable resume of immortals.
A Living Legend, Harvey Mason remains as vital and versatile as ever, racking up even more credits with today’s artists ranging from Beyoncé, Björk, Seal, Usher, John Legend, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson to James Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Carlos Santana, Luis Miguel, Diana Ross, Sergio Mendes, Vanessa Williams, Stanley Clarke, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Reba McIntyre, T.I. & Lupe Fiasco. In May 2017, Mason achieved what he considers to be the culmination of his classical studies playing 2nd tympani on Holst’s Planets of the London Symphony at the Barbican Center.
Harvey is also a founding member of the all-star contemporary jazz "super group," Fourplay, in which he flexes his writing, playing, arranging and production skills with partners keyboardist Bob James, bassist Nathan East and guitarist Chuck Loeb (sadly now deceased).