thought leader

As a thought leader, Mr. Harris leads transformative presentations on corporate leadership development and team empowerment to Fortune 50 companies using jazz as a metaphor. His inspiring 2012 TED talk, "There Are No Mistakes on the Bandstand," has gained over a 750,000 views to date. Mr. Harris has served on the Board of Directors for Chamber Music America and WBGO-FM and is currently on the Board of Advisors for Percussive Arts Society.

His venture into new technological advances led to the co-founding of The Melodic Progression Institute (MPI) in 2013 with partner Clif Swiggett. With a focus on designing innovative ways to help musicians learn and grown, MPI released its first app in 2016, Harmony Cloud™, an ear-training learning tool now available on iTunes.

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.

2018 Doris Duke Artist

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation President Edward P. Henry and several previous Doris Duke Artist Award winners are pleased to announce Stefon Harris, along with six other artists, as deserving recipients of the 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award.

NYU Steinhardt Jazz Interview Series

Dr. David Schroeder interviews virtuosic vibraphonist, passionate educator, forward-thinking entrepreneur, and former NYU faculty member Stefon Harris.