Internationally renowned saxophonist/composer
"Tenorist Stephens emerges as an artist full of composure and imagination." -Downbeat Magazine
Internationally renowned saxophonist/ composer/educator Dayna Stephens is a force to watch out for. A fluid, vigorous soloist with a warm, soulful sound, Dayna has also proven himself a master of composition and arrangement, a highly acclaimed band leader and an in-demand side man for contemporary jazz masters such as Kenny Barron, Al Foster, Idris Mohammed, Taylor Eigsti and Roy Hargrove.
2013 will prove to be another exciting year in the exploration of sound for Dayna, on April 23rd 2013, his third release “That Nepenthetic Place”(Sunnyside) features Ambrose Akinmusire, Jaleel Shaw, Taylor Eigsti, Joe Sanders, Justin Brown and special guest Gretchen Parlato. That Album has already received a 4 1/2 star review in Downbeat and comes on the heels of his second release “Today Is Tomorrow” (Criss Cross 1345) which was released on Feb 21st 2012, and it features Aaron Parks, Mike Rodriguez, Julian Lage among others. Due in the late summer of 2013, his forth release will be for Criss Cross Jazz as well. Titled “Ill Take My Chances”, it will feature Gerald Clayton, Charles Altura, Joe Sanders, Bill Stewart and Becca Stevens.
His debut album “The Timeless Now” (Contagious Music 2007) features jazz legends John Scofield, Taylor Eigsti, Ben Street, Eric Harland and Nick Vayenas. The record was immediately embraced by the jazz community. It received warm reviews from a number of magazines, including a four-star review in the Nov 2007 issue of “Downbeat,” and climbed to #11 on the Billboardjazz charts, #9 on “JazzWeek” and NPR top-10 Jazz Jewels of 2007.”
In recent years, Dayna has appeared on stage with numerous established musicians and other rising stars, including Terence Blanchard, Geoffrey Keezer, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Matt Wilson, Oliver Lake, Carlos Santana, Stefon Harris, Stevie Wonder, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Peter Apfelbaum, Tom Harrell, Gretchen Parlato, Josh Roseman, Ray Drummond, Winard Harper, Bobby Short and many others.
PASCAL'S TRIANGLE feat. Pascal Le Boeuf, Joe Sanders & Justin Brown:
Pascal Le Boeuf is a spinner of webs constructed with beauty, emotion, and maturity. After 9 years performing in New York City, with three albums as "Le Boeuf Brothers", several studio projects as a sideman, and countless worldwide performances, pianist/composer Pascal Le Boeuf has established himself as a leading figure in the next generation of jazz artists. Hailed by DownBeat Magazine as having "a strong percussive element to his playing, which he combines with a keen sense of dynamics," Le Boeuf "pursues a hyper-fluent modern ideal" (NY Times) in a world with no boundaries. Never has this been more apparent than in "Pascal's Triangle", his latest recording on nineteen-eight records and most ambitions trio recording to date.
He performs and tours frequently with Pascal's Triangle, which features bassist Linda Oh and drummer Justin Brown. Pascal's Triangle formed after working together as sidemen in various projects with the goal of developing their approach to conversational improvisation to connect with listeners on a deeper musical and emotional level. Le Boeuf explains, "as an artist, I see my responsibly to humanity as that of a diver, charged with the task of swimming deep within the mind, beneath the surface of reality, to retrieve something beautiful, undiscovered or interesting to share with the real world. When we formed Pascal's Triangle, it was with the unspoken agreement that we would practice this art of diving together. We trust each other's choices and share an orientation towards self expression through group improvisation. Every time we sit down to make music, we are exploring the depths of what is possible".
Pascal earned B.M. ('07) and M.M. ('10) degrees at the Manhattan School of Music as the recipient of the Michael W. Greene scholarship and graduated with honors as a Van Lier Fellow. His list of awards is a lengthy one, including Independent Music Awards for Best Jazz Song and Best Jazz Album in 2005, and Best Eclectic Song and Dance/Electronica Song in 2012; 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition; several ASCAP Young Composer Awards and various awards from DownBeat Magazine. Additionally, Mr. Le Boeuf has received grants/commissions from Chamber Music America (CMA), ASCAP/IAJE, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA).
He has also toured internationally and performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Umbria Jazz Festival, and Jazz @ Lincoln Center. The New York Times says "The pianist Pascal Le Boeuf has a sleek new album, "Pascal's Triangle" (Nineteen-Eight Records), that features the advanced-propulsion rhythm team of bassist Linda Oh and drummer Justin Brown."