The 18th Annual NMU Jazz Festival

Friday, April 11, 2014



Vibraphonist Stefon Harris



The 18th Annual NMU Jazz Festival will be held on the beautiful campus of Northern Michigan University on Friday, April 11, 2014.  High school and middle school jazz bands and combos in the region are invited to participate. There is a $200 entry fee for each participating ensemble (additional ensembles from the same school can register for $75). Space is limited.  The registration deadline is February 28, 2014.  Click HERE for printable (PDF) registration materials.

This year's event will feature Stefon Harris, a musician whose passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront of the current jazz scene. Widely recognized and lauded by both his peers and jazz critics alike, he is committed to both exploring the rich potential of jazz composition and blazing new trails on the vibraphone.

A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Stefon received a B.M. in Classical Music and a M.M. in Jazz Performance. He is a recipient of the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center and has earned three Grammy nominations, including Best Jazz Album for The Grand Unification Theory (2003) and the 2001 release of Kindred (Blue Note), and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for his 1999 release of Black Action Figure (Blue Note).  He has recorded and toured with a wide range of artists, including Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, David Sanborn, Cassandra Wilson, Buster Williams, Kenny Barron, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Elling, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Coleman, and Steve Turre.  He has also toured and recorded with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and performed his original compositions with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra. His travels have taken him to South Africa, Brazil and Europe for performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Istanbul Jazz Festival, and the Umbria Jazz Festival, among others.

An active educator, Mr. Harris conducts clinics and lectures throughout the country. He currently teaches at New York University and is Artist in Residence at Fontana Chamber Arts (Kalamazoo, MI) and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and has held similar posts with San Francisco Performances, The Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and The Monk Institute in Los Angeles. He also created a unique interactive program with poets from around the world at the University of Iowa’s famed International Writer’s Workshop. He returned there in September 2004 to participate in “The Life of Discovery” as part of a statewide celebration of arts and humanities. Harris has served on the Executive Board of Directors for Chamber Music America, the Board of Directors for WBGO-FM (Newark, NJ), and was a Resource Leader for the International Association of Jazz Educators.  For additional information about Stefon Harris, please visit his website:  We are very pleased that he will be joining us for the NMU Jazz Festival this year in Marquette!