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, George Usher, 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 Brooklyn, NY as a Strength Coach and Nutrition Counselor for Future Fitness.
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 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
Selected as part of the Cities and Memory - Future Cities Project, Oxford, UK for a feature article and compilation album release by the English magazine, Electronic Sound of my composition Echoes.
Submitted video as part of the Roger & Brian Eno Mixing Colors Project - "We want to ask you to submit a single shot film of a quiet scene; at home, or out the window, or in your garden. Clouds passing, rustling tree leaves, a bird nesting, people conducting activities in the house: quiet moments that we are all enjoying, together, in isolation." - Roger and Brian Eno
Video using the music Far Away is Close at Hand in Images of Elsewhere from the suite Spirituality and Faith
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
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.
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.
Selected 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. Please find the link here to the Cities and Memory: Future Cities site including links to the BandCamp page to hear my piece, Echoes and the other finalist. Additionally, you can follow this link to the sound compositions submitted by artists from the United States: Cities and Memory Sounds from the USA
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.
Invited as a guest artist/clinician, "The Music of Miles Davis" by pianist Amina Fugarova, New York Jazz Workshop Rhythm Section Class.
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.
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
2019 - International Society of Improvised Music
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, 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, George Usher, 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.