Pianist, Composer and “Steinway Artist,” Michael Jefry Stevens has released over 80 cds and composed over 340 works for both large and small ensembles. An active band-leader for over 40 years, his current working musical ensembles include the "Conference Call Quartet," the "Fonda/Stevens Group," "Eastern Boundary Quartet," his collaboration with New Orleans horn man, Brian “Breeze” Cayolle and “Trio Generations” featuring saxophonist Oliver Lake.full bio
Happy Holidays. I just returned from an incredible studio recording experience outside of London, England at Peter Gabriels' studio. The group featured Dame Evelyn Glennie (percussion), Jon Hemmersam (guitar), Szilard Mezei (viola) and myself on piano. We spent two days improvising in the studio and recorded over four hours of music. I will be sending out audio clips of this recording to all VIP Bandcamp members sometime this week. More good news!! In addition to being voted "BEST COMPOSER" in the Asheville, Western North Carolina Region by the Mountain Express for 2016 I just received the 2017 "Regional Artist Project Grant" sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council, Madison Arts Council, Asheville Area Arts Council, with funding from Avery County and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Natural and Cultural Resource Department, a state agency. This grant will help fund my upcoming studio recording featuring my "Mountain Chamber Jazz Ensemble".
I am now offering a VIP Bandcamp membership. This is a monthly membership that helps support my creative musical endeavors. There are three levels. You can read more about this at the following web site: https://michaeljefrystevens.bandcamp.com/vip-membership
Also, my latest Solo Piano CD "Lazy Afternoon" was just released on the Artists Recording Collective Label. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to purchase a copy. You can also download a copy at Bandcamp!
Thanks for your continued support.
Michael Jefry Stevens
RECENT CD RELEASES!!!
1. Brass Tactics (Konnex Records) - original music or brass quartet and piano featuring Steve Swell, David Taylor, Dave Ballou and Ed Sarath.
This CD was released in February, 2016. Promotional copies are available.
2. Generations Quartet featuring Oliver Lake (live from Bielefeld, Germany) was recently released on Nottwo Records. Promo copies available!!!
3. Michael Jefry Stevens - "Lazy Afternoon" - Solo piano recorded at Music and Arts Studio in Memphis, TN. (Artists Recording Collective)
1. Michael Jefry Stevens - "Music for Octet" - Live at Streamside.
2. Eastern Boundary Quartet - Live from Bielefeld
3. Conference Call - Recent Blackdog Studios recording
4. The Core-tet Project featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie
Thanks for your continued support!!!!!
Michael Jefry Stevens is a "Steinway Artist"
I have a repertoire approximately 15 original compositions for Big Band. The selections vary in difficulty from moderate to advanced. I have performed this music with the BMI Jazz Composer's Orchestra, the Brooklyn Jazz Composer's Orchestra (which I co-founded with Jeff Raheb), students from the Arhus Conservatory of Music and students from the Lichtenstein Big Band. I am available to bring these original big band compositions to your high school or university and rehearse/perform them with your student musicians.view band profile