Stefon Harris plays the vibraphone -- and leads a jazz ensemble with a collaborative sound built on collective inspiration.
Stefon Harris' passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront of hte current jazz scene. Widely recognized and lauded by both his peers and jazz critics, Harris is committed to exploring the rich potential of jazz composition and blazing trails on the vibraphone.
His TEDTalk was performed with Jamire Williams on drums, Burniss Travis on bass, and Christian Sands on piano.
“Every ‘mistake’ is an opportunity in jazz.”
“I have no idea what we’re going to play. I won’t be able to tell you what it is until it happens.”
“The bandstand is an incredible space. It is really a sacred space. One of the things that is really sacred about it is that you have no opportunity to think about the future, or the past.”
“The only mistake is if I’m not aware, if each individual musician is not aware and accepting enough of his fellow band members to incorporate the idea and we don’t allow for creativity.”
“This is a science of listening. It has far more to do with what I can perceive than what it is that I can do.”