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There are no mistakes on the bandstand
– Stefon Harris

From TED.com

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What is a mistake? By talking through examples with his improvisational Jazz quartet, Stefon Harris walks us to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don’t react to them appropriately.

Stefon Harris plays the vibraphone — and leads a jazz ensemble with a collaborative sound built on collective inspiration.

Why you should listen

Stefon Harris’ 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, Harris is committed to exploring the rich potential of jazz composition and blazing trails on the vibraphone.

His TEDTalk was performed with Jamire Williams on drums, Burniss Travis on bass, and Christian Sands on piano. 

What others say

“He is open with his music and his musical process and shares all with everyone.” —Dave Schroder, Jazz Online

Now watch his video :

TITLE: Stefon Harris: There are no mistakes on the bandstand
TEDSalon NY2011 · 13:11 minutes · Filmed Nov 2011

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