This Saturday, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to welcome saxophonist Dayna Stephens back to our stage for two sets. Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, Stephens has managed to release three new albums on his new imprint, showcasing different sides of his musical personality. Liberty, released just pre-pandemic, features Stephens in a 3-way rhythmic boxing match with bassist Ben Street and drummer Eric Harland, recorded in the famed Rudy Van Gelder studio.
Right Now! was recorded live during Stephens’ debut run at the Village Vanguard in 2019. Many of the tracks come from the evening where Stephens’ family flew in from the west coast as a surprise.
Stephens’ latest release Pluto Juice! from this past July has a cosmic flavor, featuring Stephens’ work on EWI and compositions inspired by NASA spacecraft and the astronomer Carl Sagan.
For his performance at the Gallery, Stephens will be joined by pianist Gabriel Chakarji, bassist Rick Rosato, and drummer Kweku Sumbry. With these flexible sidemen, anything from the Stephens songbook is fair game.
The Dayna Stephens Quartet plays The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, October 2, 2021. The group features Mr. Stephens on saxophone, Gabriel Chakarji on piano, Rick Rosato on bass, and Kweku Sumbry on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. E.D.T. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved table seating ($20 for members), $20 livestream access ($5 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.