MICHAEL JEFRY STEVENS (b 1951 )
Pianist, composer and Steinway Artist, Michael Jefry Stevens performs extensively throughout Europe, Latin America and North America. He was recently voted Best Composer of 2016 by readers of the Mountain Xpress in Asheville, NC, and was the recipient of a 2017 Regional Project Grant through the North Carolina Arts Council. He has composed over 340 works for both large and small ensembles.
He has been an active bandleader for over 30 years, and his current working musical ensembles include the Conference Call Quartet, the Fonda/Stevens Group, the Hungarian Eastern Boundary Quartet, the Generations Quartet featuring saxophonist Oliver Lake, and most recently The Core-tet Project. Stevens has released over 90 CDs 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, Gerry Hemingway, Charles Moffett Sr, Billy Martin, and many others. He was the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow for 2000–01 at the MacDowell Colony, and was a Centrum Arts composer fellow (2004). Stevens was artist-in-residence at EMU Conservatory in La Plata, Argentina between 2005–10, and has taught at many educational institutions in Europe, Latin America and North America.