Stefon Harris Quartet at Kennedy Center Jazz
Downbeat magazine lauded Stefon Harris's most recent CD, The Grand Unification Theory, saying "the progress in Harris's work and ideas affirms the original view of him, as one of the significant players of the new century." His originality and talent are featured in an intimate performance with his quartet at the Kennedy Center and on JazzSet. George Colligan plays piano, Matthew Parrish is on bass, and Terreon Gulley is on drums.
Stefon Harris is performing for the first time on a new set of vibes, made specifically for him by craftsman Keith Scott in his New York Studio. The vibes are unique, made of all-aluminum keys which are slightly larger than the standard size. Also a master at the marimba, Stefon has set up the stage so that he can perform on both instruments simultaneously.
Some of the songs that Stefon Harris chose to perform at the Kennedy Center have special meaning. His piece "K.K. a Bossa" is a new piece dedicated to his manager Karen Kennedy. "Epilogue," from the CD The Grand Unification Theory, is a tribute to one of his mentors, the legendary vibraphonist, Milt Jackson.
Most recently Stefon Harris was nominated for Mallets Player of the Year for the Jazz Journalists Association's Jazz Awards.
A Cloud of Red Dust
K.K. a Bossa
I Mean You (written by Thelonious Monk)
Stefon Harris page
Stefon Harris bio
The Technical director is Duke Markos with Chris Weal of Big Mo Recording. Thanks to Kennedy Center's Derek Gordon and Kevin Struthers. This show was written by Mark Schramm with Becca Pulliam. Our audio engineer is Ginger Bruner. Our executive producer is Thurston Briscoe III or WBGO-FM in Newark.
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