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Dayna Stephens Fulfills Long-Held Dreams

downbeat.com
 2020-12-23

Cover picture for the articleSaxophonist Dayna Stephens’ worldview differs from that of most people. As the survivor of a rare kidney disease, he understood the threat of the impending global pandemic earlier than most. “At the beginning [of the COVID-19 outbreak], I was really freaked out, because I’m on immunosuppressant drugs to keep the kidney I received,” he recalled during a recent Zoom call. “I had a gig with [pianist] Kenny Barron in Atlanta on January 25, and I was afraid to get on an airplane. So, I drove from New York to Atlanta. People thought I was crazy.”

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