Tenor saxophonist and composer Dayna Stephens is an adept post-bop musician whose music reflects the influence of players like Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, and Charlie Rouse. Following his emergence in the early 2000s, he has played with a bevy of heavy-hitting jazz artists, including Phil Ranelin, Ambrose Akinmusire, Kenny Barron, and others. He has released a number of highly engaging small-group albums, including 2013's That Nepenthetic Place, 2017's Gratitude with Brad Mehldau, and 2020's Right Now! Live at the Village Vanguard. Born in 1978, Stephens grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he started playing saxophone at age 12. In his teens, he studied with saxophonist Dann Zinn and pianist Kenny Barron while participating in various jazz programs at U.C. Berkley, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and Oakland's Golden Gate Library.
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