Bill Stevens

Welcome to my website. There is a lot of information here. Some 40+ years of performing, writing and teaching where from the tabs above you can see my bio, read about my ensembles and projects, see my Pedagogy page, listen to audio and view video performances from my concert events from the past year and much more.

On Friday, November 18, 2016 I presented a Lennie Tristano Retrospective that featured Bill Stevens-trumpet, Nick Green-alto sax, Braden Smith-tenor sax, Corey Larson-guitar, Ben Rosenblum-piano, Paul Pricer-upright bass and on drums, Brian Woodruff. This performance took place at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on the 38th anniversary of Lennie Tristano's passing and was dedicated to my teacher, friend and mentor Joe Solomon and to the memory of Connie Crother's who just passed away in August.

Please see my most recent blog posting which reflects on this concert, as well as the past year of events which included my suite for Chet Baker, As Though I Had Wings and a special presentation of the Spoken Word Project.

Please find below the videos from the Lennie Tristano Retrospective as well as some documents that were distributed at the concert including a Memories of Lennie Tristano booklet (edited by Paul Keegan), a detailed contrafact sheet of lines written by Lennie Tristano, his students, colleagues and peers including a comprehensive book on his concepts as a teacher that where furthered by Sal Mosca and taught to me by Joe Solomon.

317 E 32nd Street, Line for Lennie, Line for Monk

You Go to My Head, Two, Not One

Sun-Conscious-Lee, Line for Gil, Background Music, Some Other Line

Line for Joe featuring on upright bass, Joe Solomon

 

LennieTristanoMemories-Bill_Stevens_Paul_Keegan.pdf

Tristano_and_Company_Contrfacts.pdf

Tristano_Concepts.docx

 

 

My second major project for 2016 was performed on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Silvana on 116th Street. The Bill Stevens, Rich Russo, Gary Fogel Trio with special guests Ira Rosenberg and Jamie Winnick presented the Spoken Word Project.

We performed the spoken word suite, "Restless Motion" based on the poetry of Joan Egeland-Scott with recitation by Ira Rosenberg and Jamie Winnick.

Next the Trio with Ira Rosenberg on spoken word recitation premiered "Le Jetee". Le Jetee is a spoken word piece based on the narration to the 1962 film by Chris Marker, "Le Jetee". The musical content of this work is based on the Modes of Limited Transposition of Olivier Messien.

On my groups page under the Bill Stevens, Rich Russo, Gary Fogel Trio you can see the video of each suite. Each is approximately 25 minutes in length. I believe that you will agree, the group performed that evening with a high level of professionalism bringing out the concepts I had hoped to express through my writing and direction.

 

 

On June 24, 2016 I had the amazing fortune of performing my new suite "As Though I Had Wings: a suite for Chet Baker" at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. The music and spoken word recitation was composed and arranged by Bill Stevens and featured Bill Stevens on trumpet, Josh Sinton on bari sax and bass clarinet, Corey Larson on guitar, Paul Pricer on upright bass and Brian Woodruff on drums. With spoken word by Ira Rosenberg. I was truly humbled at the level that these performers brought to my music and their ability to bring my concept to life. I am forever grateful for their contribution in fulfilling a dream to its conclusion. I am also thankful for the audience of friends and family, as well as those interested in celebrating the legacy of Chet Baker who came out for the event, as well as a thanks to the OKB Trio for their second set performance. Please find below a video of our performance at the Brooklyn Conservatory.

Video of the Bill Stevens Group performing "As Though I Had Wings, a suite for Chet Baker" - June 24, 2016 (missing conclusion of the suite)

 

 

 

lema sabachthani, double CD 2012

 

lema sabachthani, the 15 movement suite based on the series of paintings by the abstract expressionist artist Barnett Newman entitled "The Stations of the Cross" is available for Download at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and Band Camp (see links below).

The Barnett Newman Foundation has granted permission for the images of the paintings to be used as part of this project. The replication of the images on the 2 cd album version are stunning and crystal clear and can be purchased through the CD Baby, Amazon and Band Camp links below.

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Band Camp

View the video to listen to Bill explain the inspiration behind this project.

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