Jazz vibraphonist to perform at Mitrani Hall

For immediate release: April 19, 2011

BLOOMSBURG — Jazz vibraphonist and composer and his band Blackout will present the final program in the 2010-11 season of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Celebrity Artist Series.

General admission is $30 for the performance Friday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Harris has been called “one of the most important young artists in jazz” by the Los Angeles Times. He has recorded five CDs, received the Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award and was nominated three times for a Grammy Award.

Harris has toured with well-known artists, including Wynton Marsalis and David Sanborn, as well as Kenny Barron and Kurt Elling, who appeared at BU last year as part of Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour.

A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, he currently teaches at New York University. He tours worldwide with his band Blackout and the San Francisco Jazz Collective, performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House.

An hour prior to curtain at BU, Harris will present a workshop for percussion students and a pre-curtain talk, “The State of the Art of Jazz in America.”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.