Bill Stevens (trumpet and flugelhorn) received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Fredonia State University in 1978 and a Masters degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Miami in 1980. Bill has performed in Miami, Florida; upstate New York; New York City, San Francisco and Seattle, Washington. He has toured with Billy Eckstine, Earl ‘fatha’ Hines, Ira Sullivan, Julian Priester, Spyro Gyra and ensembles under his own name including currently the Bill Stevens Quintet and the Bill Stevens, Rich Russo, Gary Fogel Trio. Bill has been the recipient of performance and composition grants from the Seattle Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has studied with Elliott Topalian, Herbert W. Harp, Philip Johnson, Randy Brecker, Jack Walrath, Laurie Frink and with bassist Joe Solomon. In the 1990’s he received a Masters in Education Administration from New York University and is currently the Assistant Principal-Administration/Organization and the Supervisor of Performing Arts studios, as well as the Director of Jazz Studies at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York City. Bill Stevens lives in New York City with his wife Laura and their son Miles.
Short List of Major Works
Suite for Jazz Quintet - made possible by a grant from the Seattle Arts Commission
Movement 1 - Teton View; New City; Ten Lakes
Movement 2 - Down Aptos Way; It Will Come to You in a Dream; Morro Bay
Flip of the Coin - composition commissioned by the National Endowment for the Humanities for course of study entitled: Great Issues of Africa: History, Politics and Literature
Restless Motion - a four movement suite based on the spoken word poetry of Joan Egeland Scott for two readers and Jazz trio.
Lema Sabachthani – a fifteen movement suite based on the series of paintings by the abstract expressionist artist Barnett Newman entitled “The Stations of the Cross”.