Stefon Harris, whose The Grand Unification Theory (Blue Note, February 2003) was nominated for the 46th Grammy Awards for “Best Jazz Instrumental Album,” is a native of Albany, New York. He began to play jazz gigs as a vibraphone player while finishing his BA in classical percussion and MA in jazz performance at the Manhattan School of Music. He conducted and performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and recorded and performed with artists including Joe Henderson, Charlie Hunter, Buster Williams and Steve Coleman (The Sonic Language of Myth), and toured and recorded with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra on percussion. He has composed for and performed with the African / modern dance troupe Seventh Principle Dance Company. With Cassandra Wilson he recorded two tunes, "ESP and "Seven Steps to Heaven," for the CD Traveling Miles.