Bill Stevens

Bill Stevens

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 performed professionally in Miami, Florida;  upstate New York; New York City, San Francisco and Seattle, Washington. He has toured with Billy Eckstine, Earl ‘fatha’ Hines, Ira Sullivan, Julian Priester, Spyro Gyra and ensembles under his own name including currently the Bill Stevens Group, the Bill Stevens, Rich Russo, Gary Fogel Trio, the Bill Stevens Songbook and Standard Time Ensemble. Additionally, Bill performs in the Brass Quartet - As Though I Had Wings, the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble and the New York Jazz Workshop Big Band. Bill has been the recipient of performance and composition grants from the Seattle Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Music Center.  Since 1990, in New York City, Bill has performed in various Jazz clubs, festivals and music conferences.  He has studied with Elliott Topalian, Herbert W. Harp, Gilbert Johnson, Randy Brecker, Jack Walrath, Laurie Frink and with bassist Joe Solomon.  In the 1990’s 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. As of September 2016, Bill directs and coordinates Jazz programing for the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, the Lucy Moses School and the New York Jazz Workshop.  Bill Stevens lives in New York City with his wife Laura and their son Miles who is attending Ave Maria University in Florida to play NAIA baseball and major in Exercise Science.

 

 

Resume: 

 

EDUCATION:

September 1992 to May 1994

Master of Arts Education Administration

New York University, New York City

School Administration and Supervision

School District Administration

 

August 1979 to December 1980

Master of Music - Jazz Pedagogy

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

 

August 1974 to May 1978

Bachelor of Music - Music Education

State University of New York at Fredonia, New York

 

EDUCATOR:

September 2016

Director of the Teen Jazz Intensive at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Director of the Lucy Moses School Student Jazz Program at the Kaufman Center

Coordinator of Student Programs with the New York Jazz Workshop

 

January 2016 - May 2016

Coordinator of the After School Instrumental Music Program between

the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Berkeley Carroll School 

 

July 2005 to February 2016 - Retired

Assistant Principal Administration/Organization

Supervisor of Performing Arts Studios

Director of Jazz Studies

Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, New York City

 

1973 to Present - Private Instructor

Trumpet - all levels

Jazz Improvisation - all instruments

Composition and Modern Arranging Techniques

 

HONORS: 

2016

Invited to join the Advisory Board of the Collective Music School

2016

Visiting artist with the Teen Jazz Program at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music directed by Josh Sinton.

2016

Clinician at the 4th Annual Queens Jazz Over Ground Spring Festival at Flushing Town Hall.

2015

Directed the New York City High Schools Honors Jazz Ensemble at the NYC Department of Education's High School Honors Music Festival held at the Grand Street Campus in Brooklyn, New York.

2014

Presented a Master Class at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on Jazz Pedagogy in a High School School Setting.

2008

Artist Share Participant in the Learning Community Project.

Composition “Full Circle” selected by the Learning Community Project Quintet for their Artist Share release “Perfect Strangers” by Todd Coolman

2007

Jazz Improv Live Convention, Performer, New York City

2006

International Association of Jazz Educators

2005

Selected by Jazz Improv Magazine for the Annual Brass Directory

1990                                       

National Endowment for the Humanities, Commissioned the composition, “Flip of the Coin” 

1987                                               

“New Jazz, New City”, Seattle Arts Commission and Earshot Jazz - Performer, Seattle, WA.

1986 to 1987                       

Seattle Arts Commission Grant, Commissioned the “Suite for Jazz Quintet"

1983

Signed by iti Records Producer, Michael Dion to release San Remo album

 

Affiliations:

2008 - Jazz Education Network

2015 - Content Creators Coalition (c3)

2015 - Jazz Foundation of America

 

PRIVATE STUDY:

1972 – 1974 Elliot Topalian, Syracuse, N.Y.

1974 – 1976 Herbert Winters Harp, Fredonia, N.Y.

1979 – 1980 Gilbert Johnson, Miami, FL.

1987 – 1988 Randy Brecker, New York City

1988           Jack Walrath, New York City

1999 – 2009  Joe Solomon, New York City

2005 – 2012   Laurie Frink, New York City

 

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE:                       

Musician, Composer and Arranger

Have performed in concert, toured and in recording sessions in several United States cities including Miami, San Francisco, Seattle and New York with local and internationally known artists including: Billy Eckstein and Earl “fatha” Hines, Spyro Gyra, Ira Sullivan, Dee Daniels, Julian Priester, Joe Lovano, Marvin Stamm.  Currently performing in New York City with the Bill Stevens Group, the Bill Stevens, Rich Russo, Gary Fogel Trio, the Bill Stevens Songbook and Standard Time Ensemble. Additionally, Bill performs in the Brass Quartet - As Though I had Wings, the New York Jazz Workshop Big Band under the direction of Ron Horton and the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble.