Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris is heralded as “one of the most important young
artists in jazz (The Los Angeles Times).” He is
unquestionably developing what will be a long and extraordinary career.
Stefon Harris’ passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity
have propelled him into the forefront of the current jazz scene. Widely recognized
and lauded by both his peers and jazz critics alike, the 35-year-old is committed
to both exploring the rich potential of jazz composition and blazing new trails on
Harris is a recipient of the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award from
Lincoln Center and has earned three consecutive Grammy nominations including Best
Jazz Album for The Grand Unification Theory (2003) and the 2001 release of Kindred
(Blue Note) and his 1999 release of Black Action Figure (Blue Note) for Best Jazz
Instrumental Solo. He has been voted Best Mallet player by 2004 Jazz Times Critics
Poll, and by the Jazz Journalist Association (2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 & 2000),
Debut Artist of the Year by Jazz Times, Chicago Tribune’s Debut of the Year and Downbeat’s
Critics Poll Winner for Vibraphone and Rising Star, Vibraphone (2006, 2004, 2003)
Newsweek’s Best Jazz CD, Best New Talent and 1999-2000 Readers Poll Best Vibraphonist
by Jazziz Magazine.
In addition to his own recordings, Harris has recorded as part of The Classical Jazz
Quartet, a series of jazz interpreted classics with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, and
Lewis Nash. He has also recorded and toured with many of music’s greatest artists,
including Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, David Sanborn, Cassandra Wilson, Buster
Williams, Kenny Barron, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Elling, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Coleman,
and Steve Turre among many others.
Truly a legend in the making, Stefon - who played here as part of SFJazz - is back
at the UTC Fine Art Center to close out our 34th season!
UTC Faculty, Staff and Student Discounts Available
Stefon Harris Website