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Michael Stephans / Spatial Edition: Open Spaces

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Michael Stephans--educator and published author of prose and poetry--also happens to be a master jazz drummer and percussionist. The Miami-born Stephans, who these days lives in the surprisingly jazz-heavy Pennsylvania Poconos, has performed with world renowned horn players like Pharoah Sanders, Dave Liebman and Bennie Maupin, as well as Grammy-winning pianist, Alan Broadbent, among others. On Open Spaces, Stephans and Spatial Edition perform a dynamic and memorable mix of mostly original music.The quartet kicks off with the title ...


Take Five With Michael Stephans

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Meet Michael Stephans: Jazz drummer/poet/writer/teacher Michael Stephans has played with dozens of jazz luminaries. Currently performing in groups with Dave Liebman, Bennie Maupin, and Bob Brookmeyer, Michael has recently come home to the East Coast, after a thirty-year hiatus in Los Angeles as a studio and performing musician and teacher. His new CD, OM/ShalOM, was released in late February 2007, and he has played recently at the Blue Note and The Jazz Standard in New York City.Instrument(s): Drums.


Michael Stephans: OM/ShalOM

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Some may associate a certain repetitive quality with Jewish melodies--they're either upbeat and highly rhythmic, or almost mournful pieces more suitable for listening than dancing. In some cases they're both. Drummer Michael Stephans adds to this two- dimensional notion on OM/ShalOM, his very personal and well-rounded new self-released project, what might have been a prime candidate for John Zorn's “Radical Jewish Culture series. Featuring the stellar and diversely talented Dave Liebman, Bennie Maupin and Munyungo Jackson--all Miles ...


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