Dayna Stephens

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Dayna Stephens is an American jazz saxophonist and composer.

In addition to leading his own group Stephens has performed extensively with Kenny Barron, Ambrose Akinmusire, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Eric Harland, Gerald Clayton , and many other contemporaries.

Stephens's albums include The Timeless Now (2007), Today Is Tomorrow (2012), That Nepenthetic Place (2013), I'll Take My Chances (2013), and Peace. Stephen Peace, features guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Eric Harland.

Stephens grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Berkeley High School. He went on to study at theBerklee School of Music and later at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz . Dayna was also mentored by Bay Area saxophonist Robert Stewart and pianist Ed Kelly.


Listen to Dayna Stephens playing on his SYOS mouthpiece


Sound aesthetics

Dayna Stephens' sound