Dayna Stephens

Dayna Stephens Quartet Performing at the Arcata Playhouse on February 16th

The Redwood Jazz Alliance presents the Dayna Stephens Quartet for a Wednesday evening jazz performance February 16th at the Arcata Playhouse. Dayna Stephens visited us back in the Before Times, with a quartet co-led by pianist Billy Childs. (His stay was shortened by another catastrophe, though: wildfires in Sonoma that blocked the most direct route to SFO.) Since then, he’s released three more albums—two during the pandemic!—and taken first place in the “Rising Star – Tenor Saxophone” category of the prestigious 2019 DownBeat Critics Poll.
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Dayna Stephens: Pluto Juice

The EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) was popularized in the 1980s by the late sax great Michael Brecker, and allegedly is a difficult instrument to learn because the buttons are touch sensitive and its sound bank possesses the characteristics of multiple woodwind instruments. Moreover, the EWI contains a controller and a sound module and is not simply an electronic sax device. But highly regarded saxophonist Dayna Stephens seems to have surmounted any hurdles and conveys a rather all-inclusive scope on this jazz fusion tinted production.

Dayna Stephens Quartet: ‘Right Now! The Dayna Stephens Quartet Live at the Village Vanguard’ (Contagious Music)

This uniformly satisfying two-CD set, recorded at Manhattan’s famed nightclub in February 2019, showcases saxophonist Dayna Stephens in his lyrical…. This content is available to subscribers only. To continue reading, please login or start a FREE 14-Day Digital Subscription. Bundle your subscription with our award-winning print magazine here.

Dayna Stephens: Right Now! Live At The Village Vanguard

In his 2018 book, Playing Changes, Nate Chinen argues that the fundamental jazz dialectic of the 1980s and 90s, namely tradition vs. innovation, was ultimately a false choice. Two years later, Dayna Stephens' Right Now! Live at the Village Vanguard proves the point in the most eloquent way possible. In...

'Right Now!' By Dayna Stephens Quartet

New York’s Village Vanguard is a stage where legends became known—and a grand place for recording a live album by a tenor saxophonist Downbeat calls “a rising star.” Dayna Stephens’ album was released at a time when the Vanguard remained closed due to COVID. The two-disc set includes material from his previous studio albums along with a batch of new compositions. The quartet ably supports Stephens as he traces impressionistic forms, sonically warm yet challenging, on his instrument in a style that occasionally recalls Sonny Rollins.