Harry Schlafman - Banjo
Starting with piano at age nine. Harry moved on to play violin, banjo, cornet, string bass and soprano sax. He played banjo in a high school dixieland band, then co-founded the “Red Hot Stompers” at Cornell University. In Ohio, he performed with the “Docs of Dixieland”, which appeared on national television. Harry spent about 25 years with the “Hermit Traditional Jazz Band”, where he shared leadership with Ted Witt, an internationally famous clarinet player. Harry also appeared with Ralph Grugel’s “ Eagle Jazz Band”. Moving to Northern California in the 1970s, Harry a joined a San Francisco jazz band, playing banjo and second cornet at jazz festivals mostly around the Western United States. Here in the Phoenix area, Harry has played with the “Desert City Six” and is now with the “Sun City Stomperz” as First Banjo and Manager.