Jazz pianist Michael Jefry Stevens to perform Sept. 5 at WCU
CULLOWHEE – Pianist and composer Michael Jefry Stevens will visit Western Carolina University on Thursday, Sept. 5, to work with students in the School of Music and give an evening concert of jazz music.
Stevens, who resides in Black Mountain, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building. The performance will feature several of Stevens’ original compositions as well as music from the standard jazz repertoire, including works by Shorter, Monk, Evans and Ellington.
The concert is open to the public free of charge.
During the day of his visit, Stevens will rehearse with members of the WCU Jazz Band and meet students in a song-writing class.
Over the past 40 years, Stevens has been associated with some of the most important figures in modern jazz. He has composed more than 400 works for various ensembles, including big bands and string quartets, and music for voice, solo instruments and various small-group compositions.
He was named a “Steinway” Performing Artist in 2009 and is artist-in-residence every year at the jazz workshop at Educacion Musicale in La Plata, Argentina. He has been on the performing artist roster of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts since 1998.
In 1999, he began the Conference Call Quartet, featuring his partner of many years, bassist Joe Fonda, in collaboration with German saxophonist Gebhard Ullmann and George Schuller on drums.
For more information, call the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.