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Stefon Harris: The Mallet Cat

Stefon Harris
Stefon Harris
Blackout, L-R: Casey Benjamin, Darryl Hall, Marc Cary, Stefon Harris, Terreon Gully

Stefon Harris epitomizes the Information Age. He draws from a universe of data ranging from classic literature and philosophy to quantum physics and hip-hop. Harris allows that knowledge to dance around his psyche for while before fashioning all that information into poignant musical statements.

One of his favorite exercises is to stand in a crowd, close his eyes and just listen-to multiple conversations, ambient noise and any other auditory stimulations-simultaneously concentrating on every conceivable bit of information. “I enjoy that,” Harris says emphatically. “It heightens my awareness of what’s going on in the bandstand.”

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John Murph

John Murph is a Washington, D.C.-based music journalist and DJ. He’s written for numerous outlets that include JazzTimes, DownBeat, NPR Jazz, JazzWise, The Root, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic Monthly. He hosts a weekly radio program at Eaton Hotel DC.