Harris, heralded as “one of the most important young artists in jazz” by The Los Angeles Times, will perform as part of a free, live-streamed series of concerts presented by UAB’s Alys Stephens Center.

harris.2Jazz artists Stefon Harris + Blackout star in a free concert April 9, streamed live by UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center

Harris, an educator, vibraphonist and composer, has been heralded as “one of the most important young artists in jazz” by The Los Angeles Times. The 7 p.m. CT live virtual concert is free and open to anyone who registers. Reserve your spot on AlysStephens.org.

A four-time Grammy nominee, Harris is:

  • A seven-time Best Mallet Player by the Jazz Journalist Association
  • Recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award
  • Downbeat’s Critics Poll Winner for Vibraphone in 2013, 2015
  • 2014 Expanded Critic’s Poll for Vibes from Jazz Times
  • Awarded a 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album for “Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder” as a member of the SF Jazz Collective. 

Of its new jazz album “Sonic Creed,” Harris calls it “an album that chronicles the story of a people and their time on the planet. It is a reflection of African American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Furthermore, it is a sonic manifestation and creed of family, community and legacy. The album explores afresh the music of masters such as Bobby Hutcherson, Abbey Lincoln, Wayne Shorter and Horace Silver.” 

Alan Musson, UK Vibe jazz critic, proclaimed
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