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June 27   Terence Blanchard Quintet
June 28   Early Bird featuring Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble
June 28   Mary Stallings
June 29   3 Cohens
July 5   John Calloway Quintet
July 6   Everything you Wanted to Know About Jazz (But Were Afraid to Ask)
July 6   Sony Holland Plus Five
July 11   Mulgrew Miller
July 12   Early Bird with Jim Nadel
July 12   Kenny Burrell Quartet
July 13   Mel Martin and the Benny Carter Tribute Band
July 18   Gary Bartz Quartet featuring George Cables
July 19   The Whole Drum Truth
July 20   Yosvany Terry: Yedégbé—The Afro-Caribbean Legacy
July 21   Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira
July 22   Dayna Stephens Quartet
July 23   Andrew Speight's Bebop Night
July 24   Victor Lin and Friends
July 26   Geoffrey Keezer Quartet wtih special guest Joe Locke
July 27   Taylor Eigsti / Julian Lage Duo
July 28   Sylvia Cuenca Trio
July 29   Ruth Davies' Blues Night featuring Henry Butler
July 30   Ambrose and Friends
July 31   Tia Fuller and Healing Space
Aug 2   Dena DeRose Trio with special guest Donald Bailey
Aug 3   The Agosto Trio: Scofield / Grenadier / Stewart
Aug 4   Barry Harris / Charles McPherson Quartet
Aug 5   Jason Moran / Larry Grenadier / Richard Davis / Jeff Ballard
Aug 6   Delfeayo Marsalis & the Stanford Jazz Workshop Sextet
Aug 8   Stanford Jazz Workshop All-Star Jam Session
Aug 9   Fly + 1 with special guest Joshua Redman
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Dayna Stephens Quartet
Dayna Stephens, saxophone; Geoffrey Keezer, piano; Harish Raghavan, bass; Albert “Tootie” Heath, drums

Tuesday, July 22 | 7:30 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $20 general | $10 students

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By phone: 650.725.ARTS (2787); In Person: Stanford Ticket Office
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Program Notes

“Just when the brilliant young jazz musician seems to come into focus, he reveals another facet of his already improbably expansive musical gift.” – San Diego Union-Tribune

Brooklyn-born and Bay Area-raised, Dayna Stephens is a young saxophonist with something to say—and some of the biggest names in jazz are listening. Described by Tom Harrell as “a total genius,” Dayna has performed with an impressive list of artists, including Kenny Barron, Carlos Santana, Roy Hargrove, and Stevie Wonder. His tone on the tenor saxophone is warm and rich and he can build the energy in an improvisation to dizzying heights with terse, urgent phrasing rather than technical bombast. After attending the Berklee College of Music, Dayna was accepted to the prestigious Thelonious Monk institute in southern California. The institute’s intensive two-year program offered him the chance to study and play with, among others, Dave Holland, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and John Scofield (who also appears on Dayna’s 2007 album The Timeless Now). A multifaceted musician, Dayna is also an accomplished bassist and a prolific composer with a distinctive style.

Supported by Joan Talbert & David Lyon

Dayna Stephens web site


Q&A with Dayna Stephens

What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson.

Who is your favorite jazz musician under the age of 30?
Justin Brown.

What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
Car designer.

What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever had on the bandstand?
A wedding with a guitarist, a singer, and a computer.

What’s your favorite food?
Hummus.

What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?
St. Lucia.

What’s the last book you’ve read?
The autobiography of Jimmy Scott.

If you could play with any other musician, living or dead (with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Keith Jarrett, because you rarely hear him out of his world.

What’s your favorite tune?
“Falling Grace”

What’s your favorite jazz venue?
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, in NYC (the view and vibes are awesome).

What’s your favorite thing about being a Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member?
Hearing the next generation quickly grow and evolve over the week or weeks.

Who is your greatest musical influence?
Brad Mehldau.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three recordings with you, what would they be?
“The Bridge” by Sonny Rollins, “Enemies of Energy” by Kurt Rosenwinkel, and “Hail to the Thief” by Radiohead.

How much do you practice each week?
2–20 hours per week.

What hobbies do you have?
Biking, cooking, and Youtube.

If you could be any other type of artist other than a jazz musician, what would you be and why?
Actor, because I fear it the most.

When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
I’ve always liked music and tried piano at 8, but I saw Joshua Redman live at the old Yoshi’s when I first started the sax at age 13. I knew then it was something I would always want to be a part of.

If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would it be and why?
Different songs and musicians give off different colors, but I am hearing a lot of blues and yellows lately.

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