Bill Stevens -

Bill Stevens (composer, 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 performed with Billy Eckstine, Earl ‘fatha’ Hines, Spyro Gyra, Ira Sullivan, Denis DiBlasio, Randy Johnston, Ronnie Leigh, Julian Priester,  Brad Shepik, Chuck Metcalf, Marc Seales, Bob Meyer, John Bishop, Owen Howard, Dom Minasi, Pete McCann, Ben Gramm, Josh Sinton, Ben Rosenblum, Brian Woodruff and ensembles under his own name including currently the Bill Stevens Group, Sound House with Bill Stevens, Doug Cuomo and Gary Fogel, 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. He has been a guest speaker and performer with the Joint Research Centres Conference at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway in 2017, the Australasian Jazz & Improvisation Research Network in 2018 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in 2020 with the International Association for the Study of Popular Music at the University of Antwerp in Begium, the Netherlands, the International Society of Improvised Music at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Australia in 2020 and invited to compose a new sound piece for the Cities and Memory: Future Cities Project in Oxford, UK.  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 directed and coordinated 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 lives and works in San Francisco, CA as a Strength Coach and Nutrition Counselor for Future Fitness.

 

 

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 Amy Winehouse Teen Jazz Program 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: 

2020

Submitted to the Research Catalogue of the Nordic Journal for Artistic Research, Stockholm, Sweden - Theme: One More Time, Let's Do It Again ... What insights may emerge by doing something again and again, repeatedly, over a long period? We invite expositions of artistic research where “doing it again” is of importance, and we invite contributors to expose the artistic research questions, contexts, practices and outcomes in which repetition manifests itself, reflecting upon how “doing it again” may contribute to practice, to research, insights and to knowledge production. ...”

Lecture Title: An Examination of the Music and Performance Practice of Miles Davis, 1960 - 1969

 2020

Invited to perform at the International Society of Improvised Music at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in Melbourne, Australia from June 3 - 7, 2020. Planned performance to include a series of solo trumpet pieces with recorded spoken word and/or ambient electronic settings for improvisation.

2020

Invited to present and perform at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music International Conference RE-peat, please!, May 14 - 16, 2020 at the University of  Antwerp, Belgium, the Netherlands. Topic of Presentation: an examination of popular cover songs as a concurrent musical transgression and transposition when taking a songs first recording, made popular by someone else and then re-interpreted allowing for the covers constant comparison to, transformation from what has preceded it, a renewal, looking forward and listening backward. 

2020

Invited to participate in Cities and Memory: Future Cities (Oxford, UK), the largest ever survey of the sounds of urban spaces around the world, examining how the soundscapes of our cities are changing and what that means for us all. Future Cities will examine sounds from cities all over the world, with artists recomposing and reimagining these recordings to reflect on the role sound has to play in our changing urban spaces.

 2019

Doug Cuomo - Bill Stevens Duo invited to perform as guest artists at Breathing Peace, Music for a More Peaceful World
BREATHING PEACE is a concert designed to help people envision peace and find a path to compassion and tolerance through inward reflection and outward action. Music has the power to heal. It eases personal anguish in a world burdened with violence and hatred.

2019

Invited as a guest artist/clinician, "The Music of Miles Davis" by pianist Amina Fugarova, New York Jazz Workshop Rhythm Section Class.

2018

Invited to speak at the Australasian Jazz & Improvisation Research Network Conference in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, June 1-3, 2018. Topic of Discussion: So What? Jazz and improvised music research and its impact on artists, scenes and society.

2017

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?

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:

2019 - International Society of Improvised Music

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 Eckstine, Earl ‘fatha’ Hines, Spyro Gyra, Ira Sullivan, Denis DiBlasio, Randy Johnston, Ronnie Leigh, Julian Priester,  Brad Shepik, Chuck Metcalf, Marc Seales, Bob Meyer, John Bishop, Owen Howard, Dom Minasi, Pete McCann, Ben Gramm, Josh Sinton, Ben Rosenblum and Brian Woodruff among others.  Currently performing in New York City with the Bill Stevens Group, Sound House with Bill Stevens, Doug Cuomo and Gary Fogel, 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.