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Michael Stephans

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Birth name  Michael Stephans
Genres  Jazz, avant-garde jazz

Years active  1970s-present
Name  Michael Stephans
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Born  June 9, 1945 (age 70) Miami, Florida, United States (1945-06-09)
Occupation(s)  Musician, author, poet, university professor
Instruments  Drums, percussion, cornet
Associated acts  Bennie Maupin, Dave Liebman, Bob Brookmeyer

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Michael Stephans (born June 9, 1945) is a jazz drummer, writer, poet and college professor.


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Biography and career

As a jazz drummer, Stephans has performed and recorded with artists including Dave Liebman, Bennie Maupin, Joe Lovano, Bob Brookmeyer, Don Menza, and Alan Broadbent.

Stephans' first solo recording, Om ShalOM, was critically lauded in 2007 by UK critic Tom Barlow as an album of the year in the December 2007 – January 2008 issue of Jazzwise.

Stephans has received multiple composition grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1974, this association afforded him the opportunity to write the large ensemble composition "Shapes and Visions" for vibraphonist Karl Berger, which was performed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

His poetry has been published in The Note, and Inscape. In 2000, he was given the Rachael Sherwood Poetry Prize by the department of English at Cal State Northridge. He is the author of Experiencing Jazz: A Listener's Companion, published in 2013 by Scarecrow Press.

He has taught at Pasadena City College, University of Miami, and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

As sideman

With Bob Brookmeyer

  • Oslo (Concord Jazz, 1987)
  • With Bob Dorough

  • P Is for the People (DeesBees, 2012)
  • With Bennie Maupin

  • Penumbra (Cryptogramophone, 2006)
  • With Frank Strazzeri Trio & Quartet

  • Frank's Blues (Night Life, 1992)
  • With Julie Andrews

  • Love, Julie (USA Music Group, 1987)
  • With Jack Jones

  • I Am a Singer (USA Music Group, 1987)
  • With Bo Lozoff

  • Eyes So Soft (Rockin' Monkey, 2006)
  • References

    Michael Stephans Wikipedia

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