Win Stefon Harris' 'Urbanos' CD!
Concord Jazz today announced the release of vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris’s 7th album as a bandleader and Concord debut, Urbanus. The new release picks up where 2004’s Evolution left off in that it features Blackout, his scintillating ensemble that’s as versed in modern jazz as it is with rhythms, melodies and soundscapes associated with R&B, pop, hip-hop and funk. The 10-track-album will be available August 25, 2009.
The GRAMMY-nominated musician has been hailed as “one of the most important young artists in jazz” (Los Angeles Times), and is widely recognized by both peers and critics alike for his innovative compositions, blazing new paths on the vibraphone and marimba.
On Urbanus, Stefon Harris and Blackout display a deeper group rapport as well as a more expansive sonic palette as Marc Cary complements the acoustic piano with Fender Rhodes, alto saxophonist Casey Benjamin lends his captivating vocoder work to the proceeding and there’s Terreon Gully on drums and Ben Williams on bass. Harris’ brilliance at broadening textures and colors comes to play with his sensational woodwind and string arrangements on a few of the compositions as well.
If you would like to win a copy of this new CD just answer this easy question: The album also includes a fantastic makeover of someones early-’70s song “They Won’t Go (When I Go)” - but whose?!
Send us your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these new CDs! Just send us an e:mail here before October 1st with your answer and the subject title CONTEST: STEFON HARRIS CDs to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stefon Harris and Blackout will be on tour to promote 'Urbanus':
* denotes shows featuring Stefon Harris and Special Guest Imani Winds
September 7: Detroit Jazz Festival
September 25: Hancher Auditorium at University of Iowa *
September 29: Clinic, Penn State University *
September 30: Schwab Auditorium at Penn State University *
October 2: Spanos Theatre, San Luis Obispo, CA *
October 4: Herbst Theater, San Francisco, CA *
October 7 – 10: Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, CA
October 13 – 14: Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA
October 16 – 17: The Outpost, Albuquerque, NM
October 22 – 25: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center. NYC
October 30: Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA
November 5 – 8: Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL
November 12: Childrens' Clinic, The Kennedy Center, Washington DC
November 13: The Kennedy Center Distance Learning Clinic, Woodbridge, VA
November 13: Duke Ellington High School of the Arts Clinic, Washington DC
November 14: KC Club, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
November 22: Leighton Concert Hall, Notre Dame, IN
Dec 2 – 6: TV performance, Melodies of Christmas WRGB-TV, Albany, NY