Stefon Harris & Blackout
Stefon Harris’ passionate artistry and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him to the forefront of the jazz scene. He has been named a recipient of the 2018 Doris Duke Artist Awards. One of the most prestigious programs in the arts, “the Doris Duke Artist Awards invest in exemplary individual artists in contemporary dance, jazz, theater and related interdisciplinary work who have demonstrated their artistic vitality and commitment to their field.” He is also a recipient of the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, has earned four GRAMMY™ nominations, and has been named Best Mallet player eight times by the Jazz Journalists Association. He was also chosen Best Vibes in the 2018 and 2017 DownBeat Magazine Critic’s Poll, the 2016 JazzTimes Expanded Critics Poll, the 2014 JazzTimes Critics Poll and the 2013 DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll.
NPR’s All Things Considered praised Mr. Harris’ audacious CD Urbanus, which earned a GRAMMY™ nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, one of “The Year’s Best New Jazz” recordings. As a member of the SFJAZZ Collective, Harris was featured on their 2014 recording, Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder, which won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album.