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, Denis DiBlasio, Ronnie Leigh, Julian Priester, Spyro Gyra, Brad Shepik, Chuck Metcalf, Marc Seales, Bob Meyer, John Bishop, Dom Minasi, Pete McCann, Ben Gramm, Josh Sinton, Ben Rosenblum, Joe Lovano, Marvin Stamm, Ron McClure 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, the American Music Center and has been invited as a guest speaker with the Joint Research Centres Conference at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway. 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.
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
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
Invited to speak at the Joint Research Centres Conference at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway, November 1-3, 2017. Topic of discussion: The Protean Musician, the musician in future society - What does the future look like for the musician in society?
Invited to join the Advisory Board of the Collective Music School
Visiting artist with the Teen Jazz Program at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music directed by Josh Sinton.
Clinician at the 4th Annual Queens Jazz Over Ground Spring Festival at Flushing Town Hall.
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.
Presented a Master Class at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on Jazz Pedagogy in a High School School Setting.
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
Jazz Improv Live Convention, Performer, New York City
International Association of Jazz Educators
Selected by Jazz Improv Magazine for the Annual Brass Directory
National Endowment for the Humanities, Commissioned the composition, “Flip of the Coin”
“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"
Signed by iti Records Producer, Michael Dion to release San Remo album
2008 - Jazz Education Network
2015 - Content Creators Coalition (c3)
2015 - Jazz Foundation of America
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
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 Eckstine, Earl ‘fatha’ Hines, Ira Sullivan, Denis DiBlasio, Ronnie Leigh, Julian Priester, Spyro Gyra, Brad Shepik, Chuck Metcalf, Marc Seales, Bob Meyer, John Bishop, Dom Minasi, Pete McCann, Ben Gramm, Josh Sinton, Ben Rosenblum, Joe Lovano, Marvin Stamm, Ron McClure. 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.