Lou Harlas is a nationally recognized electric and acoustic bassist. For more than three decades, Lou has performed a versatile repertoire of jazz, rock, rhythm and blues, and classical music throughout the United States. His work is characterized by an affinity for all styles of American music.
In New York, Lou toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, featuring Ella Fitzgerald, and performed live with Dave Liebman and Junior Cook. Lou also has performed with Red Rodney, Cedar Walton, Branford Marsalis and Frank Foster.
While a resident of Nashville, Lou performed with David Ball and Johnny Lee, among many other artists. His master and demo recording included work for Polygram Publishing and Asylum Records. Lou also played in studio sessions with Mark O’Connor, Marty Stuart, Vassar Clements, and John and Jamie Hartford.
Currently living in Dallas, Lou keeps an active local and national performance schedule, both live and in the studio. He has taught bass and jazz studies at The University of Texas at Arlington and is currently teaching music in the Dallas County Community College System.
A native of Houston, Texas, Lou is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (BS). After studying music at North Texas University (now The University of North Texas), Lou earned a master’s degree in jazz performance from the University of Miami. As a student, Lou received the Outstanding Musicianship Award from the National Association of Jazz Educators.