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STEFON HARRIS TOURS ELLINGTON JAZZ SUITES

 

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NEW YORK, 15 October 2006—Vibraphonist, marimba player, and composer Stefon Harris leads a nine-piece ensemble in a performance of suites by Duke Ellington as well as Harris’ own original jazz suites in a three-city tour that kicks off on Wednesday evening at Carnegie Hall.

Born in Albany, New York in 1973, Harris began playing piano at the age of six. By the eighth grade, he had expanded his proficiency to nearly twenty instruments. A graduate of The Manhattan School of Music, he received a B.A. in Classical Music and an M.A. in jazz performance. Harris is a recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center and a recipient of three Grammy nominations (for Black Action Figure, Kindred, and 2003’s 12-piece concert-length jazz suite The Grand Unification Theory). Along with tours of South Africa, Brazil and Europe performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival and the Umbria Jazz Festival, Harris' resume includes recording and touring gigs with the Max Roach Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Hunter, Kenny Barron and Cassandra Wilson..

Programme:

Duke Ellington / Billy Strayhorn (arr. Stefon Harris): New Orleans Suite
Duke Ellington (arr. Harris): The Queen's Suite
Stefon Harris: The Gardner Meditations

Stefon Harris, vibraphone and marimba
Mark Vinci, clarinet
Steve Turre, trombone
Junah Chung, viola
Louise Dubin, cello
Derrick Hodge, bass
Anne Drummond, flute
Xavier Davis, piano
Terreon Gully, drums

18 October 2006: Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall), New York
27 - 29 October 2006:  The Jazz Bakery,  Los Angeles
30 October 2006:  The Atheneaum,  La Jolla, California

Stefon Harris Web Site



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