Harrison Dolphin

Harrison Dolphin @ The Jazz Centre UK, May 2019.
Harrison Dolphin, Jazz Guitarist @ The Jazz Centre UK, May 2019.

Harrison Dolphin is a jazz guitarist based in London. His style and repertoire is inspired by Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, ‘Fats’ Navarro, Elmo Hope, Barry Harris, Frank Hewitt and Sacha Perry. He is known for closely transferring the language of bebop piano to the guitar.

Working as a solo guitarist, leading his trio or as sideman alongside other groups, Harrison can be heard every third Saturday of the month at The Jazz Centre UK, Southend-on-sea (11.30-1.30 midday). Other live appearances can be found advertised on Facebook and Instagram.

“Harrison Dolphin has a beautiful sound and touch on the guitar, at times almost making it sound like a horn. His feel and harmonic sophistication make him one of the most outstanding young guitarists to come out of the UK in a long time, he’s got a bright future ahead of him.”

Grant Stewart

“Being in the company of young guitar virtuoso Harrison Dolphin, you are very quickly struck by his startling chord work and intriguing effortless single note runs. Above all, his ability to convey his interpretations of the classic standards in a relaxed but groovy way draws the listener in and is utterly compelling. In his hands the guitar doesn’t need any accompaniment. It’s the complete package.”

Nigel Price

“Harrison Dolphin is a major new force in the art and profession of jazz guitar who celebrates all the finest qualities of our music in his work. He is a talent to watch, to listen to, and to admire, and his future in jazz at the highest level is already assured.”

Digby Fairweather

“I’ve met Harrison a number of times when he’s sat in on gigs, including Ronnie Scott’s in London. Each time he’s proved to be a fantastic addition to the bandstand, playing with a maturity, musicality and knowledge that belies his years. I look forward to the next time!”

Robert Fowler

“The very youthful Harrison Dolphin Trio kept the audience entranced… Mark and note these names, they’re worth it.”


“Incredibly knowledgeable, hardcore bebop”

Simon Spillett

Harrison leads his own trio, was a member of the NYJO Academy Big Band led by Sebastiaan De Krom and NYJC. In August 2018, he studied at the prestigious Brubeck Jazz Institute Summer School in California. He performs in various ensembles and as a solo guitarist. In September 2019, he began studying his Jazz Degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.

In late September 2019, Harrison was nominated for the British Jazz Awards under the ‘Rising Star’ category.