Dayna Stephens

Dayna Stephens



Dayna Stephens (born August 1, 1978) is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. In addition to leading his own group, Stephens has performed extensively with Kenny Barron, Ambrose Akinmusire, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Eric Harland, Gerald Clayton, and other contemporaries. Stephens grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Berkeley High School. He went on to study at the Berklee School of Music and later at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. He was mentored by Bay Area saxophonist Robert Stewart and pianist Ed Kelly.[1][2]

Stephens's albums include The Timeless Now (2007), Today Is Tomorrow (2012), That Nepenthetic Place (2013), I'll Take My Chances (2013), and Peace (2014).[3] Peace features guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Eric Harland. Gratitude was released in 2017.


The Timeless Now (2007)

Today is Tomorrow (2012)

That Nepenthetic Place (2013)

I'll take my chances (2013)

New Day (2014) The Emeryville Sessions Peace (2014)

Reminiscent (2016)

Gratitude (2017)



Gratitude is an album by saxophonist Dayna Stephens.
Peace is an album by saxophonist Dayna Stephens.
New Day: The Emeryville Sessions, Vol. 3
New Day: The Emeryville Sessions, Vol. 3 is an album by musical artist Dayna Stephens, released on August 20, 2014.
Today is Tomorrow
Today is Tomorrow is an album by musical artist Dayna Stephens, released on February 20, 2012.

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CD REVIEW: Dayna Stephens - Gratitude
  –  May 12, 2017
American tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens is refreshing in his resistance to flash and ... lot - gives the band another angle into this light-stepping yet deep-stretching music, with Mehldau in his country-jazz element. Each track, has its own character ...
Airto Moreira
  –  July 15, 2017
Airto Moreira, born August 1, 1941 in Itaiopolis, Brazil, is a world-renown jazz drummer and percussionist ... By the time he was six years old he had won many music contests by singing and playing percussion. The city gave him his own radio program ...
Lewis “Dale” Robinson, 80
  –  July 3, 2017
Dale was born August 1, 1936 in Harbor Springs ... He enjoyed hunting and fishing and listening to his “good ole country music”. Dale and Joan were both Golden member’s of the Eagle’s Club. Dale was an extremely loving man and a true gentleman.
An Amateur’s Week With Beethoven’s “Harp” Quartet
  –  August 10, 2017
What do amateurs glean from such a week, inundated in the particulars of one piece of music and its composer?… What a treat is it for ... presided before he was named Pope John Paul II in 1978. The Germans seized Krakow in 1939 as they roared through ...
Ryuichi Sakamoto Documentary ‘Coda’ to Screen at Venice Film Festival
  –  August 10, 2017
A documentary about noted Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, who won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his music for “The Last Emperor” in ... Sakamoto, 65, started his career in 1978 with the song “Thousand Knives.” He founded techno pop trio Yellow ...
Snoozing is high praise for this Denver-based leader in minimalist classical music
  –  August 9, 2017
followed by a master’s in music in 2006 and a doctorate in 2010 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. At UMKC, a mentor introduced him to “The Time Curve Preludes,” a watershed post-minimal composition penned in 1978 by the American composer ...
Glen Campbell, Grammy-Winning Singer, Dies at 81
  –  August 8, 2017
Campbell recorded three by the composer Jimmy Webb -- "By the Time I Get to ... Campbell also hosted the American Music Awards from 1976 to 1978, and was host of "The Glen Campbell Music Show," a syndicated program that ran from 1982 to 1983.
Harlem Week to Pay Tribute to Master Composer & legendary Producer/Activist James Mtume
  –  August 4, 2017
Whether his contribution to music comes as composer, producer or performer ... With Kiss This World GoodbyeKiss This World Goodbye (1978), In Search of the Rainbow Seekers (1980), Juicy Fruit (1983), You, Me and He (1984), and Theater of the Mind (1986 ...
Jazz composer and performer Dr. Willis Kirk remembered with trio of dates this weekend
  –  August 4, 2017
Kyle: The first commercial recording your dad made that I’m aware of was with David Hardiman's San Francisco All-Star Big Band in 1978 ... a composer, and explore that pursuit further? Brian: I think so, he wrote extensively. I’ve got so much music ...
Region loses a music titan in Carroll Lehman
  –  August 4, 2017
And, yes, he did appear in Carnegie Hall, conducting the world premiere of works by New York composer John David ... He turned back to music as he sought a life change. When a position opened at Keene State in 1978, he took it. Lehman’s music and his ...
Good Music Lifts Us Up Towards God
  –  August 3, 2017
This is also a confirmation that music as a phenomenon is more emotional than rational, more heartfelt and soulful than those things that come from the mind. In this connection, I like to cite the great composer Aram Khachaturian (1903–1978), who would ...
'Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda' Documentary to Premiere at Venice Film Festival
  –  August 3, 2017
composer and music producer Ryuichi Sakamoto-- will be screened Out of Competition at the 74th Venice International Film Festival that begins Aug. 30. Sakamoto made his solo debut in 1978 with Thousand Knives and also formed the electronic music group ...
Jazz Drummer John Pochée To Receive Distinguished Services To Australian Music Award
  –  August 3, 2017
Since 1978 John Pochée has ... a place where jazz and improvised music can thrive. John has been very proactive in his support of female jazz musicians and deserves special acknowledgement for this”, said jazz composer and saxophonist Sandy Evans.
LIVE: Composer, Pianist and Bandleader Burton Talks Newport Jazz Festival
  –  August 1, 2017
Marilyn Crispell has been a composer and performer of contemporary improvised music since 1978. For ten years, she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble, and she has performed and recorded extensively as a soloist and ...
IN MEMORIAM | Composer Gilles Tremblay Passes On At 84
  –  July 31, 2017
A landmark contemporary Québécois composer passed away Thursday evening ... and Vers le soleil (1978). A native of Saguenay, Tremblay studied at the Quebec Conservatory of Music in Montreal (CMM), followed by studies at the Paris Conservatory and ...
John Adams reflects what it means to compose music in 'a small cultural arena'
  –  July 18, 2017
The composer also can take pride in the fact that his music has been championed by some of today's leading ... Members of Chicago's Lincoln Trio will be the core of a performance of Adams' 1978 septet,which was inspired by the repetitive dance movements ...
Accomplished West Hartford Music Teacher, Composer Retires After 39 Years
  –  June 15, 2017
When Rob Hugh started teaching music in the West Hartford school system in 1978, he gave himself five years before ... He's an accomplished composer who has arranged and recorded more than 250 original songs that have been performed in the United States ...
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