Michael Jefry Stevens

Projects - Regional

Paula Hanke Brazilian Project

Paula Hanke Brazilian Project

Paula Hanke- voice; Michael Jefry Stevens - piano; Frank Southecorvo - saxophone; Zack Page - bass; Ben Bjorlie - drums.

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Mountain Chamber Jazz Ensemble

Mountain Chamber Jazz Ensemble

The Mountain Chamber Jazz Ensemble is a hybrid ensemble consisting of a string section (violin, viola, cello, contrabass), a percussion section (drums set, piano), a brass section (trombone), vocalist and a woodwind section (clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, flute, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, alto saxophone). This ensemble utilizes elements from jazz, classical, rock, Latin and other music.

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Wendy Jones Quartet

Wendy Jones Quartet

The Wendy Jones Quartet performs a wide repertoire that includes jazz standards, music of Horace Silver, music of Chic Corea as well as original music by Michael Jefry Stevens. Their debut CD "Perfect Dream" features 10 of Mr. Stevens original compositions. The group includes Zack Page on bass and Rick Dilling on drums and Michael Jefry Stevens on piano.

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MJS Electric Band

MJS Electric Band

The members of this group rotate and include Billy Cardine (dobro), Zack Page (bass), Tim Doyle (guitar), Christian Howes (violin), Bill Berg (drums), Justin Watt (drums), Jason DeCristofaro and myself on electric keyboard.

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Michael Jefry Stevens Quartet

Michael Jefry Stevens Quartet

One of my favorite musical ensemble formats is the quartet. I My latest quartet features Todd Wright on saxophones, Zack Page on bass, Rick Dilling on drums and myself on piano and composition.

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The String Quartet Project

The String Quartet Project

My recent interest in string writing has led me to the creation of "The String Quartet Project" which features myself on piano performing my original music arranged for string quartet (2 violins, viola and cello).

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Michael Jefry Stevens Trio

Michael Jefry Stevens Trio

I am available for jazz piano trio performances featuring a mixture of jazz standards and my own original compositions. My major "trio" influences include Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley and Ahmad Jamal. I have released close to 20 trio cds in a variety of formations.

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Rick Dilling and Time Check

Rick Dilling and Time Check

Drummer Rick Dilling has performed with such notable jazz artist as Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, Phil Woods, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Nelson Riddle Orchestra among others. Residing in western NC, Rick is a member of the Todd Wright Quartet, the Wendy Jones Quartet, the Michael Jefry Steven Trio , the Asheville Jazz Orchestra and works freelance in the western NC and SC region. He has been a member of the jazz faculty at Appalachian State University for over 30 years. Two years ago Rick assembled an “all star” big band to perform the music of his drumming idol , Buddy Rich. ” a long time dream of mine to play these charts that change my musical life when I was 12 years old “. This will be “Part III” in a very popular series that has taken the audience through Buddy’s music from 1966 till his death in 1986. Rick can heard on pianist Richard Sulman’s up coming album TURNED INTO LEMONADE to be release in January.

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Cayolle/Stevens Band

Cayolle/Stevens Band

Brian "Breeze" Cayolle is an original New Orleans musician/artist. He comes from generations of New Orleans musicians' including his great great uncle Sidney Bechet. Breeze and I perform a mixture of traditional New Orleans music as well as selected jazz standards. Breeze not only performs on all woodwind instruments but is a very talented jazz vocalist as well.

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