“Michael Jefry Stevens is influenced on one side by Coltrane, Bill Evans, Cecil Taylor and Thelonious Monk but, on the other, by Mahler, Bartok, Debussy and Ravel. The free jazz environment allows Stevens the luxury of painting his music with a palette containing blues, rock, classical, jazz and funk. The resulting improvisations cannot be pigeonholed.”
~ Richard Bourcier, Jazz Review

Michael Jefry Stevens

5:30PM

Pianist, Composer and “Steinway Artist,” Michael Jefry Stevens performs extensively in Europe, Latin America and North America. He has composed over 340 works for both large and small ensembles. An active band-leader for over 30 years, his current working musical ensembles include the “Conference Call Quartet,” the “Fonda/Stevens Group,” the Hungarian “Eastern Boundary Quartet,”, his collaboration with New Orleans horn man, Brian “Breeze” Cayolle, “the Generations Quartet” featuring saxophonist Oliver Lake and his most recent collaboration with Dame Evelyn Glennie. Michael has released over 90

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cds featuring his own music and has performed and/or recorded extensively with many of the top names in Jazz, including Dave Liebman, Oliver Lake, Dave Douglas, Leo Smith, Matt Wilson, Han Bennink, Mark Feldman, Pheeroan AkLaff, Charles Moffett Sr., Dame Evelyn Glennie, Billy Martin and many others. In 2016 Michael was voted “Best Composer of WNC” by the Mountain Xpress, and received a 2017 Regional Project Artist Grant from the Toe River Arts Council.

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