Saturday, November 14, 2009

Stefon Harris & Blackout- Urbanus

It was a warm night for November in Chicago... just before I enter the infamous Jazz Showcase in the south loop I see them... members of the the contemporary jazz group Blackout! I felt shy at first because I was the only female in a mix of male musicians. Did I mention all of them are just as handsome and polite as can be!

They begin the set with a song.. that was entitled "For You" written by Casey. I have never seen the vocoder played so... romantically. And Stefon Harris on the vibes and marimba.. was majestic. Each phrase and change i felt on so many different levels. People,..... i not only heard them play.... it's like I felt them play. It was like I was the instrument.. and they were playing me! Each note found a part on my body.. and began to protrude through my soul leaving me at this high. Sometimes I found myself just the places known and unknown. And yes that was just off of one song in the set! Just imagine the rest of the show!

I must say if you have not bought the Urbanus Album.. you are missing out on great music.. I think right now my two fav's right now are "Langston's Lullaby".. and "The Afterthought", but I love every tune on this album.. and that's rare!

Go to for info on where to buy his album and for details on up and coming shows check out his myspace page.

Remember: Just live life to the fullest.. it's never to late to live out your dreams! **
~Gira Dahnee
also on twitter @GiraDahnee

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