Stefon Harris and Blackout
Friday, February 15 at 8 p.m.
$45, 35, 25
Heralded by The Los Angeles Times as "one of the most important young artists in jazz," vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris is widely recognized for his passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity. Harris will perform with his ensemble, Blackout, which gathers together "a troupe of music mercenaries adept in the language of jazz, the strut of soul music, and the raucous ruckus of breakbeats, go-go, and new-jack rhythms." (NPR)
The group is the combined result of an urban tradition in American music that stretches back to historical precedents in jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, and popular music since the 1970s. The program will feature works from the band's second recording, Grammy-nominated Urbanus, which The Washington Post described as "an imaginatively orchestrated and vigorously propelled collection of tunes."
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Stefon Harris, vibraphone and marimba
Casey Benjamin, alto saxophone and vocorder
Marc Cary, piano and keys
Luques Curtis, bass
Obed Calvaire, drums
"Rising through the ranks of music, Harris is one of the jazz notables destined to be the forefront of the scene for the next century." - The Star Ledger
... one of the significant jazz players (and, now, composers) of the new century." - Los Angeles Times
This event is part of Fairfield's two-year focus on "Cities"