3rd Scenario brings together two of L.A.’s most talented jazz/funk/r&b visionaries. Singer/Writer/Guitarist Earl “Tee” Harris and Bassist Scott “Bugs”Allen, recently signed with Spectra Jazz and are anticipating the release of their debut CD “It’s About Time”. Their upcoming project remains one of the most anticipated new releases of Spectra Jazz. Produced by Earl “Tee” Harris and titled “It’s About Time”.
Earl “Tee” Harris, a Chicago native and Scott “Bugs” Allen, born in Baltimore, first performed together in a pop/R&B band with a sound comparable to Mint Condition. The pair later formed a classic jazz quartet that musically lent familiar flavors of the internationally known Sweet Back/Sade. Harris and Allen longed to experience more of a musical challenge. They teamed up for the creation of a fresh unique sound, a sound all their own. By infusing jazz, neo-soul and a hint of funk, this musical exploration began to capture both the name and story behindthe duo, “3rd Scenario”.
Earl “Tee” Harris
A world renowned guitarist, singer/songwriter and producer, Earl is known by his peers to be fluent in all genres of music. As leader of the funk/jazz band 3rd Scenario, the Chicago native commands the stage with his versatile guitar chops, reminiscent of such greats as Mike Stern, George Benson and Pat Metheny. While Earl’s voice offers a hint of George Duke, Donny Hathaway, and even George Benson, Harris has honed into his own unique sound. From the birth of 3rd Scenario, to the production of “It’s About Time”, Earl’s musicianship undoubtedly blazed new territory and clearly has broken uncharted ground with this musical work.
Earl tours with various entertainers. He has graced stages with an extensive list of award-winning singers and musicians, including Usher, Jill Scott, Mike Phillips, Prince, Seal, Hope Euge Groove, Impromp2,Frank McComb, BeBe Winans, Stephanie Mills,and many others.
As guitarist Earl has recorded for such artist as Beyonce, Ciara, Kanye West, Hope. Trevor Horn, Coneilius Mimms, DJ Mikal Blue
Earl wrote and performed for the theatrical production “What’s on the Hearts of Men,” starring/directed by actor Malik Yoba.
As writer and producer, Earl developed the sound for actress/poetess Kim Field’s “Smooth is Spoken Here”, album (featuring Najee) He wrote several songs for the singer Marva King and also earns credits on his debut CD Backseat featuring the late-great trumpeter Mark Ledford.
Scott “Bugs” Allen
As bassist, and background vocalist, Scott “Bugs” Allen brings a lifetime of experience into one combined musical arrangement with partner Earl Harris and their jazz/neo soul band 3rd Scenario.
The multi-talented, award winning musician developed his love for all things music as a young child. The grandson of two Baltimore area local jazz legends – Thelma and Ricardo Gambi, Allen is now considered a top musical director for theatre and session musician.
Winner of the 2005 NAACP Theatre Award – for best musical director, the musician has also performed and toured with entertainers such asTina Turner, Deniece Williams, Jonathan Butler, Dawnn Lewis andTatyana Ali.
Allen’s other projects include the 2nd Annual L.A. Web Series Festival Awards and the Jenesse Foundation’s Silver Rose Gal.