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Stefon Harris

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Stefon Harris
Harris at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2007
Harris at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2007
Background information
Birth nameStefon DeLeon Harris
Born (1973-03-23) March 23, 1973 (age 51)
Albany, New York, U.S.
Years active1996–present
LabelsBlue Note

Stefon DeLeon Harris (born March 23, 1973) is an American jazz vibraphonist.


Stefon Harris at the 30th Detroit International Jazz Festival

A native of Albany, New York, Harris intended to work for the New York Philharmonic until he heard the music of Charlie Parker. During the 1990s he recorded with Charlie Hunter and Steve Turre as a session musician. He signed with Blue Note, which released his debut album, A Cloud of Red Dust (1998). His second album, Black Action Figure, was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2001 he worked with pianist Jacky Terrasson at the Village Vanguard in New York City and recorded the album Kindred with him during the same year. His album The Grand Unification Theory (2003) won the Martin E. Segal Award from Jazz at Lincoln Center.[1]

In April 2009, he headlined at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Orange County, California.[2][3]

Harris collaborated with saxophonist David Sánchez and trumpeter Christian Scott in 2011 on the album Ninety Miles. They recorded the album in Havana, Cuba.[4]


As a leader[edit]

  • A Cloud of Red Dust (Blue Note, 1998)
  • Black Action Figure (Blue Note, 1999)
  • The Grand Unification Theory (Blue Note, 2003)
  • Evolution (Blue Note, 2004)
  • African Tarantella: Dances With Duke (Blue Note, 2006)
  • Urbanus (Concord, 2009)
  • Sonic Creed (Motema, 2018)

As a co-leader[edit]

As member of The Classical Jazz Quartet[edit]

  • Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker (Vertical Jazz, 2001)
  • The Classical Jazz Quartet Plays Bach (Vertical Jazz, 2002)
  • The Classical Jazz Quartet Play Rachmaninov (Kind of Blue, 2006)
  • The Classical Jazz Quartet Play Tchaikovsky (Kind of Blue, 2006)
  • Christmas (Kind of Blue, 2006)[5]

As member of The SFJazz Collective[edit]

  • Live 2008: 5th Annual Concert Tour - The Works of Wayne Shorter (SFJAZZ, 2008)[3CD]
  • Live 2010: 7th Annual Concert Tour - The Works of Horace Silver (SFJAZZ, 2010)[3CD]
  • Live in New York 2011 - Season 8 - The Music of Stevie Wonder (SFJAZZ, 2011)
  • Wonder - The Songs of Stevie Wonder (SFJAZZ, 2012)
  • Live: SFJAZZ Center 2013 - The Music of Chick Corea (SFJAZZ, 2013
  • Miguel Zenón Retrospective: Original Compositions, 2004-2016 (SF Jazz Collective, 2018)

As a sideman[edit]


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Stefon Harris". AllMusic. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  2. ^ OCRegister. Accessed July 10, 2008.
  3. ^ Orange County Performing Arts Center official website. Accessed July 10, 2008.
  4. ^ Patterson, Ian (August 29, 2011). "Stefon Harris / David Sanchez / Christian Scott Ninety Miles". All About Jazz. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Dryden, Ken. "Christmas". AllMusic. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  6. ^ Vacher, Peter (December 2023 – January 2024). "Christian Sands: Christmas Stories". Jazzwise. No. 291. p. 41.

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