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Loyola University College of Music presents Jazz Vibraphonist Stefon Harris on Tuesday, April 4th

Loyola press release - March 27, 2000

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Music presents Blue Note recording artist Stefon Harris. The concert is set for Tuesday, April 4, 2000 at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall on the second floor of the Communications Music Complex located at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

The Stefon Harris Quartet features Harris on vibraphone, Orrin Evans on piano, Tarus Mateen on bass, and Terreon Gully on drums. The quartet will perform works from Harris' two Blue Note releases A Red Cloud of Dust and Black Action Figure.

General admission is $20; and $10 for students. Tickets and additional information are available through Loyola's ticket box office at 865-3492. For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074.

Stefon Harris's auspicious Blue Note debut in 1998, A Cloud of Red Dust, was a filling climax for a year in which he racked up more accolades and gigs than most jazz musicians score in their entire careers. The 26-year-old rising star recorded and performed with a who's who of the jazz world, ranging from Wynton Marsalis and Joe Henderson to labelmates Charlie Hunter and Greg Osby. He received the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award from Jazz at Lincoln Center.

And in Down Beat's 1998 Critics Poll, he won the Talent Deserving Wider Recognition prize. Harris began working the jazz scene as a vibraphone player while working on his B.A. in classical percussion at the Manhattan School of Music. He received his M.A. in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music and went on to perform with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Rather than duplicate his efforts on his second outing, the vibraphonist/composer subtly moves in a new direction with Black Action Figure. This recording serves as a second chapter of what promises to be a long and creatively vibrant career.