Lou Harlas

Adjunct Faculty
Cedar Valley College
Courses: Applied Bass, American Music

Lou Harlas is a nationally recognized electric and acoustic bassist. For more than three decades, he 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, Mr. Harlas toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, featuring Ella Fitzgerald, and performed live with Dave Liebman and Junior Cook. He also has performed with Red Rodney, Cedar Walton, Branford Marsalis and Frank Foster.

While a resident of Nashville, Mr. Harlas performed with David Ball and Johnny Lee, among many other artists. His master and demo recording included work for Polygram Publishing and Asylum Records. He also played in studio sessions with Mark O'Connor, Marty Stuart, Vassar Clements, and John and Jamie Hartford.

Currently living in Dallas, Mr. Harlas 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 teaches music courses at Eastfield College in addition to Commercial Music courses at Cedar Valley College.

A native of Houston, Mr. Harlas earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas. After studying music at North Texas University (now the University of North Texas), he earned a master's degree in jazz performance from the University of Miami. As a student, he received the Outstanding Musicianship Award from the National Association of Jazz Educators.