Michael Jefry Stevens


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Michael Jefry Stevens

Pianist, Composer and “Steinway Artist

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.

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Upcoming highlights for 2017

Thanks to Everyone who helped support my Indigogo Fundraiser campaign.  I raised close to $2500 which was used directly to pay the 13 musicians for their 2 days of studio time.  This week I hope to finish the paste and edit part of the recording so I can start to listen to all nine of the pieces that were recorded!!!

This past month I performed for the first time in Kansas City, MO!  The event was such a success that we are planning an annual concert tour to Kansas City, where I will perform with Chris Burnett and his quartet!!

Michael Jefry Stevens Octet "Live at Streamside" featuring 10 of my original compositions composed for a new ensemble of 8 musciians.  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 recently released on the Artists Recording Collective Label.  Please contact me at mjsjazz@mac.com if you would like to purchase a copy.  You can also download a copy at Bandcamp!

Thanks for your continued support.

Michael Jefry Stevens

2016 and 2017 CD RELEASES!!!

1. Brass Tactics (Konnex Records) - original music or brass quartet and piano featuring Steve Swell, David Taylor, Dave Ballou and Ed Sarath.

2. "Flow" by Generations Quartet featuring Oliver Lake (live from Bielefeld, Germany) was released on Nottwo Records.  This Cd has been listed on two different top 10 lists of cd releases for 2016.

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3. Michael Jefry Stevens - "Lazy Afternoon" - Solo piano recorded at Music and Arts Studio in Memphis, TN. (Artists Recording Collective)

4. Michael Jefry Stevens Octet "Live at Streamside" (Artists Recording Collective).

Thanks for your continued support!!!!! 


Michael Jefry Stevens is a "Steinway Artist"





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Original Music for Big Band


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.

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