Bill Stevens

Welcome to my website, Bill Stevens Music. 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 event series from the past year and much more. Take a moment to read my blog each month which contains information on my current projects and other topics of interest.

BREAKING NEWS: I have just returned from traveling to Oslo, Norway and Copenhagen, Denmark where I was invited to speak at the Joint Research Centres Conference at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway on November 1 - 3, 2017. This year's conference looked at "The Protean Musician: the musician in future society - What does the future look like for the musician in society?" My presentation looked at the history of Jazz education over the last 100 years and what contemporary Jazz degree programs are currently doing to meet the needs of their students post graduation in the 21st Century. Under the Photo Gallery tab, there are pictures from the conference at the Norwegian Academy of Music and below, you can see the PowerPoint from my presentation:


**On Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the historic 5C Cafe & Cultural Center we presented the third and final performance of the Harmonic Explorations Series with a focus on re-imagined standards as taught by Ron Miller and David Liebman. With me once again was Richard Philbin on tenor sax, Harry Miller on piano, Luca Rosenfeld on upright bass and on drums, Gary Fogel. Please find below the video links to see and hear the Harmonic Explorations III concert:

D.O.S. (based on Dear Old Stockholm by Bill Stevens)

Yesterdays (new harmony by Bill Stevens)

Beautiful Love, part 1 (new harmony by Ron Miller - head and piano solo)

Beautiful Love, part 2

I Thought About You (new harmony by Bill Stevens)

Green Street, part 1 (based on Green Dolphin Street by Ron Miller)

Green Street, part 2

***On September 30, 2017, I presented the second of a three part series of concerts - Harmonic Explorations II, based on the concepts of chromaticism in writing and improvising as taught by Ron Miller & David Liebman at Spectrum in Brooklyn, NY. Joining me for this second concert was Richard Philbin on tenor saxophone, Harry Miller on keyboard, Luca Rosenfeld on upright bass and on drums, Gary Fogel. Please find below video links to each of the four compositions performed that evening:

Beyond Sound and Space

The Warmth of Other Suns

The Silence of Snow

On Parallel Lines

****On May 6, 2017 I presented the first of a three part concert series entitled Harmonic Explorations. This performance took place at the Treehouse in Manhattan thanks to both Richard Shaoul, owner and Luca Rosenfeld, curator. Along with myself on trumpet and flugelhorn we had Braden Smith on tenor sax, Hyuna Park on piano, Luca Rosenfeld on upright bass and Gary Fogel on drums. This first concert was dedicated to my composition teacher at the University of Miami, Ron Miller who opened my eyes and ears to the possibilities of modal Jazz harmony. Links are provided below to view the videos of this evenings performance.

First Set  - Harmonic Explorations I 

In Search of Consolation (Incomplete)

Second Set - Harmonic Explorations I

Second Set Conclusion: I Hope I'm Not Taking Too Much of Your Time


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.

CD Baby



Band Camp

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

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