Orphaned at age three, James Samuel “Cornbread” Harris Sr. grew up in foster care until moving to Saint Paul to live with his grandparents at age 11. Though he didn’t take to his forced childhood piano lessons, Cornbread realized the unifying power of music while serving in WWII, and began to finesse his piano skills after the war.

Since then, Cornbread has played with many groups around the Twin Cities including Augie Garcia and Cadillac Kolstad. Well into his 80s, he continues to keep several weekly gigs around the metro area.


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Capri Theater
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