An eternal student of sound, Stephen Page has immersed his life in music. His musical journey started with drums and trumpet before dedicating himself to the piano at age seventeen.
After completing his jazz studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he continued his quest by studying with jazz luminaries Billy Taylor, Yusef Lateef, Andy LaVerne and Kenny Werner. Most notably, Stephen had the opportunity to study with renowned music educator Charlie Banacos, until his passing in 2009.
Privately, Stephen cultivated his sound by dissecting and analyzing the greats who influenced him – Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Bud Powell, Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson among others- deconstructing, assimilating and creating his own dynamic sound.
Stephen’s dedication and discipline in music allow him to gracefully morph a fragile motif to a powerful, passionate, dissonant phrase. Although he creates innovative improvisations, the melodic core of the song still resonates with the listener. From the complex to the lilting, Stephen skillfully mixes the color of sound to create an aural picture of a song in any style, whether it be a jazz standard, classical piece or original composition.
Stephen has worked throughout the eastern seaboard with a variety of musical combinations from solo work to big bands. He is currently working on an album of original music. This is his second work to date.
Stephen Page is a great accompanist aside from being an all around fantastic musician. Great attitude and great playing and it’s always a joy to work with him.
— Sheila Jordan
In my opinion, Stephen Page is a talent deserving of wider recognition!
— Steve Kuhn
Apart from a brilliant talent, Stephen Page possesses two qualities essential to a performing artist: patience and originality.
— Archie Shepp
Stephen Page is in a class by himself, his piano playing is sensitive and extraordinary. Whether playing solo, with a singer, or an ensemble, his touch and listening abilities are fantastic. He interprets jazz standards in a new and meaningful way and does an impeccable interpretation on originals. When he has worked with me, it has been a pleasure.
— Avery Sharpe