Stefon Harris

Isaiah McClain / WBGO

Acclaimed vibraphonist Stefon Harris leads the Jazz Arts Department at the Manhattan School of Music. The school features an array of ensembles and combos, and Stefon brought one to perform for us live in the WBGO studio for Jazz Appreciation Month.

Group members are Savannah Harris (drums), Hwansu Kang (bass), Brandon Woody (trumpet), Abdulrahman Amer (trombone), and Matthew Malanowski (piano), who take turns composing the music they perform.

Doug Doyle / WBGO

February 17 is the date of the 38th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series at the Paul Robeson Campus Center on the campus of Rutgers University-Newark.

Organizer Dr. Mark Krasovic and Keynote Speaker and jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris sat down with WBGO's News Director Doug Doyle to talk about next Saturday's day-long event.

This year's theme is "The Space Between the Notes:  The Social Life of Music in Black History."  The conference is sponsored by the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience at RU-N.