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Michael Stephenson, saxophone | Spring '14 Ensemble & Recital Series | New School Jazz

Michael Stephenson, saxophone | Spring '14 Ensemble & Recital Series | New School Jazz

School of Jazz Performance Space, Room I531, Arnhold Hall
General Public 

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music presents student Michael Stephenson (saxophone), who will be performing his senior recital.

Michael Stephenson is an upcoming saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and vocalist from Philadelphia, currently based in New York City. He began playing saxophone at the age of ten. At fifteen, he became a member of the historic Clef Club Of Philadelphia. Given the opportunity to play not just with other dedicated musicians his age but also with some of the most prolific players on Philadelphia's music scene, Michael learned through the Clef Club to express himself through jazz music. His years in the Club gained him notoriety, and he was soon picked to join long-standing veteran ensembles like the Millennium Big Band; young and talented bands like the Claffy-Howell Band; and he even formed his own ensemble, the Michael Stephenson Quartet.

In 2010, Michael was accepted to the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan. There, he studied with award-winning professional musicians such as Jaleel Shaw, Jane Ira Bloom, Adam Holzman, and Marcus Strickland. While in New York, Michael was selected by the C.O.L. Jazz Band to perform and compete in the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival two years in a row. His band took 2nd and then 1st place in the open small-group division.

Michael has been fortunate to perform at such venues such as Chris' Jazz Cafe, the Philadelphia Clef Club, the Susquehanna Bank Center, Puppet's Jazz Bar, and Smalls Jazz Club. Michael has also performed both nationally and internationally at festivals including the West Oak Lane Jazz Festival; the Monterrey Next Generation Jazz Festival; the Monterey Jazz Festival; the Pittsburgh Jazz Live International Festival; and The Internationales Jazzfestival Bern in Bern, Switzerland. Currently, Michael lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he continues to compose, play, and sing. He performs frequently in New York, Pittsburgh and, of course, his native city of Philadelphia. 

Michael Stephenson will be playing original compositions as well a few select favorites.

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