Michael Jefry Stevens

Instrument: Piano

Born: March 13, 1951

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”.

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”Over the past fifteen years and the course of ten CD’s, the Fonda/Stevens Group has evolved into one of Jazz/improvised music’s most accomplished ensembles. Straddling the line between post-bob and free, they have come up with consistently satisfying albums. What’s impressive is how these four create a cohesive unit without grandstanding egos getting in the way.” ~ Cadence Magazine

“Michael - You and your band are awesome. Several people came up to tell me how your concert last week was one of the most enjoyable events they’ve ever experienced at the Vermont Jazz Center; the music conveyed a deep sense of purpose, humor and warmth, plus it was delivered with a superb sense of musicianship and communication

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Black Mountain, NC

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MA 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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