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Michael Stephans

Michael has performed and recorded with a wide array of jazz artists, including Bob Brookmeyer, Bennie Maupin, Dave Liebman, Pharoah Sanders, the late Charlie Byrd, Francois Moutin, Vic Juris, Clay Jenkins, Don Menza, Bobby Bradford, Phil Ranelin, Buddy Colette, Alan Broadbent, Bob Florence, Mike Melvoin, Lynn Arriale, Bud Shank, John Patitucci, Karl Berger, Vinne Golia, and many others. He has also played with personalities as wildly diverse as The Rolling Stones, Cher, David Bowie, Shirley MacLaine, and Natalie Cole, to name a few. Michael leads three distinct but interrelated lives. As a college professor, he holds a Ph.D

Jazz Standards, Volume 1: Then

Label: Nefertiti Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: I Hear A Rhapsody; Yellow Days (La Mentira); The Days of Wine and Roses; The Way You Look Tonight; Ill Wind; East of the Sun; Invitation; Soul Eyes; Why Do I Love You?; Pinocchio.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Henry Robinett Quartet: Jazz Standards, Volume 1: Then

Read "Jazz Standards, Volume 1: Then" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Back in April of 2000, guitarist Henry Robinett convened a quartet in The Hangar, a Sacramento studio where he had been working as an engineer and producer. An intentionally casual session, it was all standards all the way. Over the course of two days, tracks were called, solos and some other specifics were sorted out, and ...

Quartette Oblique

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Nardis; Vertigo; You and the Night and the Music; In a Sentimental Mood; All Blues; Vesper; So What.

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Vámanos – Let’s Go!

Read "Vámanos – Let’s Go!" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

As jazz continues to indelibly leave imprints on music all over the globe, this column explores everything from classic 1960s and '70 singles from Peru to contemporary updates of traditional blues from Turkey and Greece. Vámanos--let's go! Ҫiğdem Aslan Mortissa Asphalt Tango 2013 Ҫiğdem Aslan was born in the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Whaling Ciy Sound Releases "Lineage" by Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans

Whaling Ciy Sound Releases "Lineage" by Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans

Since he began to seriously pursue a career as a jazz artist back in the 1960s, Dave Liebman has been on a transformative journey towards becoming a true original in the genre. After assuming sideman slots with the likes of Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, and Chick Corea, to name but a few, he has certainly earned ...

Open Spaces

Label: Lunazure Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Open Spaces; Quo Vadis; You Don't Know What Love Is; Sno Peas; Gratitude; Blue Waters; Take It With Me; Mr. Shah.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Stephans / Spatial Edition: Open Spaces

Read "Open Spaces" reviewed by Chuck Koton

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Alan Broadbent Trio: New York, NY, September 24, 2011

Read "Alan Broadbent Trio: New York, NY, September 24, 2011" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Alan Broadbent TrioKitanoNew York, NYSeptember 24, 2011 Park Avenue's Kitano briefly seemed like Bradley's in its heyday, as piano jazz royalty like Fred Hersch, Bill Mays and Andy Bey converged on a single location to take in the sounds of one of their own. While Alan Broadbent is rightly hailed ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Dave Liebman: Live / As Always and Quest for Freedom

Read "Dave Liebman: Live / As Always and Quest for Freedom" reviewed by John Kelman

Quite possibly the hardest-working saxophonist--if not the hardest working musician, period--these days, not a month goes by when there doesn't seem to be a new release from veteran jazzer Dave Liebman.In the twelve months since autumn 2009 alone, Liebman has been spotted in freer terrain, collaborating with another active saxophonist, Evan Parker, ...


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