The Onus Quintet
Harper began The Onus in 1996 to cultivate a distinctive group sound which at once honors, reflects, and carries forward the jazz tradition.  Among the sonic hallmarks of the quintet is the clarinet-guitar frontline, a signature feature of the group that immediately distinguishes it from the plethora of trumpet- and saxophone-fronted chamber jazz groups dominating the contemporary scene. This uncommon frontline combines with a dynamic rhythm section to create the ensemble’s unique sound.  Acclaimed for its “poise and maturity” and “the empathy Harper and cohorts have developed over…years of working together as a unit,” the band has three recordings on the Hipnotic Records label

Darryl Harper, clarinet
Jeff Ray, guitar
Harry Appelman, piano/organ
Matthew Parrish, bass
Butch Reed, drums


Audio Clip
Too High

Slide Show
Onus Quintet Photos