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Stefon Harris

Stefon Harris

After working as a sideman with such luminaries as Wynton Marsalis and Joe Henderson, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, 25, has made his first recording as a leader. A Cloud of Red Dust (Blue Note) is a showcase for Harris’s burgeoning talents, featuring 10 of his original compositions as played by a shifting roster that includes trombonist Steve Turre, saxophonist Greg Osby, and pianist Mulgrew Miller.

Harris, an Albany, New York native, trained as a classical percussionist before switching to jazz vibraphone in college. Last year, he received his MA in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He is one of the brightest musicians of any age on the current scene, with many pearls of wisdom to offer from his youthful but already full musical experience:

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