Stephen Norfleet began playing saxophone in his hometown of Newport News, VA at the age of 11. At Newport News' Menchville High School, Norfleet received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and was also selected as a member of the U.S. Collegiate Wind Ensemble, a group of talented student musicians culled from across the United States given the opportunity to perform across Europe.
In 1994 he re-located to Richmond, VA where he received a tuition scholarship to attend Virginia Commonwealth University's Jazz Program. Past graduates include Steve Wilson, Victor Goines, Clarence Penn, Nate Smith and James Genus. Stephen graduated from VCU in 2000 with a degree in Saxophone Performance.
While in Richmond Stephen was thrust into the role of band leader when he created the internationally acclaimed Devil's Workshop Big Band. Garnering praise from around the globe, validation arrived when the band's debut CD, 'Idle Hands', received a four-star review in one of the nation's leading authorities on jazz, Downbeat Magazine.
In 2003 Norfleet moved to New York City to pursue a performance career. While in New York he became an award-winning saxophonist when he was chosen by ASCAP as a recipient of their Plus Awards Program, and in 2004 he was selected to enter the Graduate Program at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music.
While continuing his studies at MSM, he studied Saxophone with Bob Mintzer and David Liebman, Studio Techniques/MIDI/Digital Audio Composition with Richard Sussman, and collaborated with noted jazz artists such as Cecil Bridgewater, Steve Slagle, Phil Markowitz and Garry Dial.
In May 2006, Stephen completed his studies at Manhattan School of Music, earning a Master's degree in Jazz/Commercial Music.
Most recently, while still pursuing a performance opportunities, Stephen has begun composing original music for film/television and moving images. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.