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Michael Jefry Stevens

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: March 13, 1951    

I was born in New York City in 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 have been and continue to be an active pianist/composer and band leader for the past 30 years. I have released over 75 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 and several other labels.. Over 100 of my more than 400 original composed works have been recorded and are regularly broadcast throughout the world. My music has been featured in live radio concerts throughout Europe, Japan and North America including BRTN (Belgium), Saarbrucken Rundfunk (Germany), WDR Radio (Germany), Radio Bremen (Germany), Radio Zurich (Switzerland), VPRO Radio Amsterdam (Holland), BRF Radio (Belgium), Danmarks Radio (Arhus, Denmark) and Radio Nurnberg (Germany)....
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Awards

Numerous Meet the Composer Grants; MacDowell Artist Colony Fellow; 2nd Prize Monaco International Jazz Composition Contest; Eubie Blake Scholars Award; Semifinalist Heineken Jazz Contest; Tennessee Arts Commission Travel Grant; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Artist Roster
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    In The Tradition

    Creative Sources
    2013
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    Duets

    Creative Sources
    2013
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    Shifting Moods

    Konnex Records
    2011
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    A Scent in Motion

    Konnex Records
    2009
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    Trading Post

    ARC Music
    2009
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    For the Children

    Cadence Jazz Records
    2008
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    Moving Stills

    Unit Records
    2008
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Konnex Records (2012)

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Primary InstrumentPiano

LocationBlack Mountain, NC

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundMA from Queens College in Jazz Performance.

I currently teach part time at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I was on the faculty of Five Towns College between 1992-95, and was head of the keyboard department at the National Guitar Workshop between 1990-2002 in New Milford, CT. I have been guest clinician and artist in residence at numerous educational institutions both here and abroad including the Royal Academy of Music in Arhus, Denmark, "Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City (Mexico), Arizona State University in Tempe (AZ), SUNY at New Paltz (NY), Lichtenstein Big Band Workshop in Eschen (Lichtenstein), Syracuse University (NY), The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Indiana University (Bloomington), University of Iowa (Iowa City), Northern Illinois University (DeKalb), University of Richmond (VA), University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA, the University of Michigan, and most recently conducted a workshop with vocalist Miles Griffith at Taler de Musics in Barcelona, Spain as well as at the Pannonica Jazz club in Nantes, France (March 2008).

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