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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 played professionally in Miami, Florida; upstate New York; New York City, San Francisco and Seattle, Washington. He has toured with Billy Eckstine, Earl ʻfathaʼ Hines, Ira Sullivan, Julian Priester, Spyro Gyra and ensembles under his own name including currently the Bill Stevens Quintet, the Bill Stevens, Rich Russo, Gary Fogel Trio, the Bill Stevens Songbook and Standard Time Ensemble. Additionally, Bill has also been performing with As Though I Had Wings Brass Quartet, the New York Jazz Workshop Big Band under the direction of Ron Horton and with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble. 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, Gilbert Johnson, Randy Brecker, Jack Walrath, Laurie Frink and with bassist Joe Solomon. In the 1990ʼs he received a Masters in Education Administration from New York University and has recently retired as 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 Astoria, Queens. Bill Stevens lives in New York City with his wife Laura and their son Miles who is attending Ashland University in Ohio playing Division 2 Baseball and majoring in Exercise Science.
Short List of Major Compositions and Current Projects:
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
lema sabachthani - a fifteen movement suite based on the series of abstract expressionist paintings by Barnett Newman entitled “The Stations of the Cross” and the culminating work, “Be II”. The Barnett Newman Foundation has given their approval for the use of the images for this project.
Restless Motion - a four movement suite based on the spoken word poetry of Joan Egeland-Scott for two readers and Jazz trio.
La Jetee - new music composed for the 1962 film by Chris Marker, “La Jetee”, for trio and narrator.