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Michael Jefry Stevens

I was born in New York City in 1951 and received my MA in Music from Queens College in 1992 where I studied with Jimmy Heath, Sir Roland Hanna, Thea Musgrave, Sol Berkowitz and Donald Byrd. I was the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow at "The MacDowell Colony" in the summer of 2000 and received 2nd prize in the Monaco International Jazz Composition. In 2006 I was a Composer Fellow at Centrum Arts in Port Townsend, WA. I am a "Steinway Artist". I have been and continue to be an active pianist/composer and band leader for the past 40 years. I have released over 90 cds of my original music on numerous jazz record labels including Leo Records (England), Drimala Records (VA), Soul Note Records (Italy), Konnex Records Germany), Music and Arts (CA), Cadence Records (NY), Red Toucan Records (Canada), GM Recordings (MA) 482 Music (NY), Unit Records (Switzerland), Nottwo Records (Poland), Cadence Jazz (USA), Playscape recordings, ForTune Records (Poland), Artist's Recording Collective (USA) and several other labels

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

AA.VV.: Povezave / Connessioni

Read "Povezave / Connessioni" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Povezave / Connessioni

AA.VV.

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Klopotec

Saxofour: Jast a Closer Walk With Thee; Sheila Jordan & Cameron Brown: Confirmation; Karlheinz “Carlitos" Miklin & Quinteto Argentina: Palomar; The Fonda/Stevens Group: A Summer's Morning; Dennis Gonzalez & Joao Paulo: Theme from Pradis; Disorder at the Border: Faithful; ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2016

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2016" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here are ten new releases, reviewed at All About Jazz, which stood out among those I heard this year.

Wadada Leo Smith
America's National Parks
(Cuneiform Records)

While the title might conjure up a string of luminous tone poems, the reality of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's magisterial collection goes ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Of the seventy or so albums I was fortunate to review this year (with many still waiting in the wings), the releases below (in chronological order) are those that moved me the most and hence that I remember the clearest, even after a year. The quality of the music is uniformly high, and leaving something off ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Poker di Michael Jefry Stevens

Read "Poker di Michael Jefry Stevens" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il pianista, compositore, teorico e didatta Michael Jefry Stevens ha impresso il proprio significativo contributo al jazz contemporaneo attraverso un lavoro che dura da circa quarant'anni, associato a un ampio ventaglio di musicisti e a formazioni di grande interesse, tra cui Mosaic Sextet e Liquid Time con Dave Douglas, The Fonda/Stevens Group con Joe Fonda, Conference ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda with Natsuki Tamura: Duet

Read "Duet" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Two of creative music's most inventive forces come together on Duet. Musical restiveness is at the core of pianist/accordionist and composer Satoko Fujii. With a catalogue three-score deep, she has covered formations from large orchestra to solo where the common denominator is her wide and daring exploration of improvisational spaces. Her adroit aptitude for moving through--and ...

Remembering Dominic Duval

Read "Remembering Dominic Duval" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Around 1985, I got a call from a close friend and my drummer at the time, Tony Lupo. Tony and I had been friends and playing together since 1963. At that time, we were both into Be-Bop and as we grew in age, our musical tastes and interest leaned towards outside playing. Of course, we never ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Jefry Stevens: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist Michael Jefry Stevens has been involved in many projects in his career over the past forty years. The Generations Quartet started out as a trio six years ago, consisting of Stevens with his long-time musical partner, bassist Joe Fonda and newcomer, drummer Emil Gross. The trio became a quartet with the addition of saxophonist (and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Jefry Stevens: Brass Tactics

Read "Brass Tactics" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Anyone remotely interested “creative improvised music" (aka jazz) that intersects with the Classical aesthetic should take the time to listen closely to pianist Michael Jefry Stevens' latest release Brass Tactics.

Stevens is a thinking man's player mostly known for his work in the Fonda/Stevens group (see Folk Five) and Conference Call, (with Gebhard Ullmann) ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Jefry Stevens, Eliot Wadopian: Mountain Song

Read "Mountain Song" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Album non privo di sottigliezze, di logica, di una visione coerente del dialogo a due voci, ma neppure di frequenti fasi di stanca, ripetitività e modesto appeal emozionale, questo Mountain Song, che vede uno di fronte all'altro due musicisti avvezzi alla libera improvvisazione così come a forme di interazione più definite.

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