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Michael Jefry Stevens

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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

Album

Prism

Label: NotTwo Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: F.J.D.; Prism; Listen to Dr. Cornel West; Variations On A Master Plan (Part 2); Sal’s Song; The Bee; Zeit Lupe.

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Conference Call: Prism

Read "Prism" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Conference Call is a quartet, but could also be described as a trio+ because the core members—saxophonist and bass clarinetist Gebhard Ullmann, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, and bassist Joe Fonda—have been touring and recording together for more than two decades. The plus moniker derives from the quartet's interchange of drummers. Early on, the seat was occupied ...

Album

Prism

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: F.J.D.; Prism; Listen to Dr. Cornell West; Variation on a Master Plan; Sal’s Song; The Bee; Zeit Lupe.

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Article: Album Review

Conference Call: Prism

Read "Prism" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Most jazz groups that stay together for a long time, such as The Modern Jazz Quartet or The Art Ensemble of Chicago, achieve a certain prominence. It is a surprise then to realize that the lesser-known band, Conference Call, has been around since 1999 and is here releasing its eighth album. The group's core ...

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Article: Album Review

Conference Call: Prism

Read "Prism" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Prism, by the band Conference Call, sounds, on the set's opening tune, “F.J.D.," like a bunch of guys who might mug you: a brash, turbulent, confrontational crowd with a “we-don't-take-no-mess-from-nobody" approach to making music. Credit reedman Gebhard Ullmann with his grouchy, working-man-roused-from-his-afternoon-nap tenor sax sound, and the powerful bass (which you can feel in your bones) ...

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The Poet is in the House

Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2019
Track listing: Song of the Cardinal; What a Dance; The Poet is in the House; Borderline; Trump (Dire Warning #1); The Myth of Chaos; Trailer Park Heaven; Sad

Album

The Innocence of Spring

Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2019
Track listing: 1. Boppin' Along 05:18 2. Prelude to a Kiss 07:19 3. Tina's Little Song 07:47 4. On Again, Off Again 05:22 5. The Innocence of Spring 06:44 6. Tune for Dee 06:18 7. Parallel Lines 07:14 8. Waltz for Tomorrow 05:08 9. Criss Cross 03:54

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Tune for Dee

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Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2019
Duration: 06:11

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News: Recording

Announcing 'The Innocence Of Spring' By Don Aliquo + Michael Jefry Stevens Live At Hinton Hall On The Arc Label

Announcing 'The Innocence Of Spring' By Don Aliquo + Michael Jefry Stevens Live At Hinton Hall On The Arc Label

Announcing The Innocence Of Spring By Don Aliquo + Michael Jefry Stevens Live At Hinton Hall on the ARC Label. Recorded live at Middle Tennessee State University’s Hinton Hall, the release of The Innocence Of Spring (ARC-0736) brings together two veterans of the US jazz scene in saxophonist Don Aliquo and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens. In ...


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