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Vibraphonist and bandleader Stefon Harris is one of the busiest musicians in jazz: He tours with his band Blackout and the SF Jazz Collective, teaches at NYU and is an artist-in-residence at institutions across the U.S. Born with asthma, Harris took to piano and percussion at an early age, but that never stopped him from admiring a trumpeter like Miles Davis.
"The thing I admire most about Miles is his ability as a leader," Harris says. "He is my hero and someone who I model myself after as a leader. He was able to bring incredibly gifted people together and allow them to be fully creative in that space."
Harris is also a three-time Grammy nominee and has been named Best Mallet Player by the Jazz Journalists Association six times. Here, Harris showcases his fiery work on the vibes through a polished set of standards and originals with host Jon Weber.
A self-taught Latin percussionist since the age of 12 when his father handed him Cal Tjader’s 1960 “Latino” album featuring Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo back in 1966, and an LP fiberglass conga and told him, “Here, learn to play right with these”, he’s been living and breathing Latin Jazz since.
Tune in to Latin Jazz Now!,
Fridays, 7 to 11 pm