Stephen J Gladney, saxophone | Spring '14 Ensemble & Recital Series | New School Jazz
Friday, April 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
School of Jazz Performance Space, Room I531, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music presents student Stephen J Gladney (saxophone), who will be performing his senior recital.
Stephen J Gladney, saxophonist and composer, is an exciting addition to the contemporary music scene. A native of New Orleans, Stephen has been playing music professionally since the age of 12. While attending the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, (NOCCA), Stephen was recognized as the first American recipient of the prestigious Apogee Foundation Merit Scholar award. He was also selected to represent NOCCA in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz High School All-Star Ensemble and most recently had the honor of participating in the Ravinia's Steans Music Institute. Throughout the years, Stephen has studied with many esteemed musicians including Alvin Batiste, Clyde Kerr Jr., Alonzo Bowens, Billy Harper, Terence Blanchard, and Mark Gross. Stephen performs regularly with Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra and the internationally acclaimed New Orleans Piano Prince, Davell Crawford, and has performed with Donald Harrison Jr., the late George Duke, Mark Gross, Charmaine Neville, Antonio Hart, Carol Fran, Terence Blanchard, Lisa Henry, Charles Tolliver, and Christian Scott.
“If I Could Tell You, I Would”, the theme of Stephen’s recital is a phrase coined by composer and pianist Roger Dickerson (and later reinforced by Terence Blanchard) to explain a compositional method that challenges the composer to achieve different meanings by displacing, repeating, and omitting words. This recital will primarily feature Stephen’s original compositions which are heavily influenced by his New Orleans heritage, the music of John Coltrane, and the African-American musical tradition.
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