Bill Stevens - Artist, Composer, Musician, Educator
Bill Stevens (trumpet and flugelhorn) received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music
Education from Fredonia State University in 1978 and a Masters degree in Jazz Studies
from the University of Miami in 1980. Bill has performed professionally in Miami, Florida;
upstate New York; New York City, San Francisco and Seattle, Washington. He has toured
with Billy Eckstine, Earl ‘fatha’ Hines, Ira Sullivan, Julian Priester, Spyro Gyra and ensembles
under his own name including currently the Bill Stevens Songbook, the Bill Stevens Group and
Sound House, a trio with Doug Cuomo on guitar and Gary Fogel on drums. Currently he is also
performing with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble under the baton of Eric Kramer and the
New York Jazz Workshop Big Band under the direction of Ron Horton. Bill has been the recipient of
performance and composition grants from the Seattle Arts Commission and the National Endowment
for the Humanities. Bill has been asked to speak at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway
and for the Australasion Jazz Network in Melbourne, Australia. He has studied with Elliott Topalian,
Herbert W. Harp, Gilbert Johnson, Randy Brecker, Jack Walrath, Laurie Frink and with bassist Joe
Solomon. In the 1990’s he received a Masters in Education Administration from New York University
and has recently retired after 25 years with the NYC Department of Education. For his last 10 years,
Bill has been the Assistant Principal-Administration/Organization and the Supervisor of Performing
Arts studios, as well as the Director of Jazz Studies at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in
Astoria, Queens. Bill Stevens lives in New York City with his wife Laura and their son Miles attends
the Graduate Program in Exercise Science and Nutrition at the University of Tampa.
Short List of Major Works
Suite for Jazz Quintet - made possible by a grant from the Seattle Arts Commission
Movement 1 - Teton View; New City; Ten Lakes
Movement 2 - Down Aptos Way; It Will Come to You in a Dream; Morro Bay
Flip of the Coin - composition commissioned by the National Endowment for the
Humanities for course of study entitled: Great Issues of Africa: History, Politics and
Restless Motion - a four movement suite based on the spoken word poetry of Joan Egeland
Scott for two readers and Jazz trio.
La Jetee - new music to the narration behind the 1962 film by Chris Marker, La Jetee.
lema sabchthani - a suite in 15 movements based on the series of paintings by the
abstract expressionist artist Barnett Newman entitled, “The Stations of the Cross”. The
Barnett Newman Foundation has granted their permission to use the images of the
paintings as part of this project.