Dayna Stephens Quartet
Tuesday, Jul 22, 2008 7:30 PM PDT
Stanford University Campbell Recital Hall, Palo Alto, CA
"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.