Cabaret Jazz Series: Kenny Barron and Stefon Harris
Posted: October 16, 2008
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Kenny Barron and Stefon Harris will perform on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.
The concert, which is free to the public, is the third event in the fall semester's Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series at Bucknell, a series made possible by funding from the Weis family.
Called "one of the top jazz pianists in the world" by The Los Angeles Times, Barron was with Dizzy Gillespie's band for five years before playing with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, and Buddy Rich.
Following stints in the early '70s with Yusef Lateef and Ron Carter in the late '70s, Barron formed a trio with Buster Williams and Ben Riley. During the '80s he collaborated with the great tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, touring with his quartet and recording several legendary albums including "Anniversary" and "Serenity."
Nine Grammy nominations
Barron's recordings for Verve have earned him nine Grammy nominations beginning in 1992 with "People Time", an outstanding duet with Stan Getz followed by the Brazilian influenced "Sambao" and most recently for "Freefall" in 2002.
Other Grammy nominations went to "Spirit Song", "Night and the City" (a duet recording with Charlie Haden) and "Wanton Spirit", a trio recording with Roy Haynes and Haden. It is important to note that these three recordings each received double-Grammy nominations (for album and solo performance.)
Barron consistently wins the jazz critics and readers polls, including Downbeat, Jazz Times and Jazziz magazines. In 2005 he was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame and won a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a six-time recipient of Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists Association and was as a finalist in the prestigious 2001 Jazz Par International Jazz Award. For more information or to hear music samples, visit www.kennybarron.com/
Vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris is heralded as "one of the most important young artists in jazz" (The Los Angeles Times).
A recipient of the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, he has earned Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Album including "The Grand Unification Theory", "Kindred" and "Black Action Figure" for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.
He has been voted Best Mallet player by the Jazz Journalist Association (2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000), Debut Artist of the Year by Jazztimes, Downbeat's Critics Poll Winner for Vibraphone and Rising Star, Vibraphone (2003) Newsweek's Best Jazz CD, Best New Talent and 1999-2000 Readers Poll Best Vibraphonist by Jazziz Magazine and Chicago Tribune's Debut of the Year.
Harris has performed at many of the world's most distinguished concert halls, including Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, San Francisco's Herbst Theater, UCLA's Royce Hall, Chicago's Symphony Center, Detroit's Orchestra Hall, and The Sydney Opera House. He has toured South Africa, Brazil and Europe performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival and the Umbria Jazz Festival, among others.
In addition to leading his own band, Harris has recorded as part of The Classical Jazz Quartet, a series of jazz interpreted classics with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, and Lewis Nash. He also has recorded and toured with many of music's greatest artists, including Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, Buster Williams, Kenny Barron, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Elling, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Coleman, and Steve Turre among many others. For more information or to hear music samples, visit www.stefonharris.com/
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