Bill Stevens

Performance Groups and Booking Information

The Bill Stevens Songbook 

Jazz provides an atmosphere of elegance for your social events. When planning your next event, whether it is romantic background Jazz or cool Jazz for listening, consider the Bill Stevens Songbook. The Songbook instrumentation consists of trumpet, guitar (or piano) and upright bass. The following is a partial songlist from our repertoire: 
Almost Blue, Autumn Leaves, In Your Own Sweet Way, Bye Bye Blackbird, It Never Entered My Mind, Green Dolphin Street, How Deep is the Ocean, My Funny Valentine, I Fall In Love Too Easily, Someday My Prince Will Come, I Thought About You, If You Could See Me Now, Stella By Starlight, If I Were a Bell, On a Misty Night, Summertime, The Touch of Your Lips, There Is No Greater Love, You Go to My Head, With a Song in My Heart

Promo Kit:

Songbook.pdf

Bill Stevens Songbook Video from the Lexington Hotel

 

Bill Stevens, Rich Russo, Gary Fogel Trio 

A mainstream/free jazz trio featuring Bill Stevens on trumpet & flugelhorn, 

Rich Russo on upright and electric bass and Gary Fogel on drums and percussion.

Promo Kit:

Bill_Stevens_Rich_Russo_Gary_Fogel_Trio.pdf

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.

You can view the video of each suite below. 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. Thank you for watching.

Video of Restless Motion from the Spoken Word Project. Poetry by Joan Egeland-Scott. Silvana, September 21, 2016

Video of La Jetee from the Spoken Word Project. Narration from the 1962 film by Chris Marker, La Jetee with musical content based on the Modes of Limited Transposition by Olivier Messien.

 


 

The Bill Stevens Group

The Bill Stevens Group is a special configuration that is used for high profile event concerts that are presented three times a year. The personnel for these events is selected from some of the best performers and improvisors in New York City specifically for the compositions that are to be presented. In 2017, the Bill Stevens Group will perform a three concert series entitled Harmonic Explorations and is dedicated to my composition teacher at the University of Miami, Ron Miller and to the advanced harmonic concepts as taught by both Ron and David Liebman. For further information on the Harmonic Explorations series, please sign up for my email newsletter to be the first to hear about this exciting concert series. The first concert will occur on May 6, 2017 at the Treehouse (further information may be found under the calendar tab and in my most current blog posting). The next two concerts in the series will be in August and October 2017.

 

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 performance, as well as a note of appreciation to the OKB Trio for their second set performance. Please find below a video of our performance of As Though I Had Wings, a suite for Chet Baker at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

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)

 

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 passed away in August.

You will 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) and a detailed contrafact sheet of lines written by Lennie Tristano, his students, colleagues and peers. On my pedagogy page you will find a document detailing the instructional concepts that Lennie Tristano used in his teaching including the expansion of these concepts by Sal Mosca as taught to me by Joe Solomon, himself a student of both Lennie Tristano and Sal Mosca.

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

 

New York Jazz Workshop Big Band

A big band under the direction of Ron Horton

New York Jazz Workshop Big Band, Club Bonafide - It Only Happens Every Time, Thad Jones

New York Jazz Workshop Big Band, Club Bonafide - Summertime, Bill Potts

 

New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble

A community orchestra directed by Eric Kramer. 

 

"As Though I Had Wings" Brass Quartet

Performing brass music from the Baroque, Classical and Modern eras.

Promo Kit:

Brass_Quartet.pdf

 

Bill Stevens Standard Time Ensemble

Specializing in the music of the swing era, the Standard Time ensemble is an upbeat 17 piece big band that will generate excitement for your dancing pleasure. The ensemble is also capable of performing as a "little big band" of two horns and rhythm section to the addition of three, four or five horns with rhythm section. Looking for a vocalist as well? No problem.

Standard Time Ensemble Promo Kit:

Standard_Time.pdf

 

For booking any of my ensembles, please use the contact tab above to email me directly for information, availability and rates.

I look forward to speaking with you.