Stefon Harris, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Stefon Harris (center) and Blackout (photo by Nitin Vadukal)

Stefon Harris (center) and Blackout (photo by Nitin Vadukal)

“Growing up, I listened to a lot of classical music because that’s what I was studying at the time, but I can’t really remember the first album I ever bought.

I do remember the first album that turned it all around for me, however. In my first year of college, someone gave me a record by Charlie Parker called ‘Now’s the Time.’ It was a very moving experience, and that’s all it took for me. I listened to that recording, and I was completely blown away.

The next year, I moved to New York City so that I could be closer to the jazz and learn more about it.”

Jazz vibraphonist and Albany native Stefon Harris leads his band Blackout into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday for the second day of the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival. Harris and Blackout will also play a free concert at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center at 8pm on Tuesday as part of the Skidmore Jazz Institute concert series.

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