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by Michael Jefry Stevens & Jason Decristofaro

Live concert of original music for acoustic piano and vibraphone. This is modern instrumental jazz at its finest. Melodic yet expansive. Features playing in both traditional song forms and more expanded open forms.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The River Po
Michael Jefry Stevens & Jason Decristofaro
9:18 $0.99
2. Vagabond Blues
Michael Jefry Stevens & Jason Decristofaro
6:09 $0.99
3. Nursery Rhyme
Michael Jefry Stevens & Jason Decristofaro
6:06 $0.99
4. See Saw
Michael Jefry Stevens & Jason Decristofaro
4:34 $0.99
5. Any Other Time
Michael Jefry Stevens & Jason Decristofaro
7:57 $0.99
6. Sleepy Time Blues
Michael Jefry Stevens & Jason Decristofaro
4:20 $0.99
7. For Galo
Michael Jefry Stevens & Jason Decristofaro
9:42 $0.99
8. Dance of the Seals
Michael Jefry Stevens & Jason Decristofaro
6:10 $0.99
9. Almost a Rhythm Tune
Michael Jefry Stevens & Jason Decristofaro
5:05 $0.99
10. Alisiah
Michael Jefry Stevens & Jason Decristofaro
5:17 $0.99
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Pianist/Composer and Steinway Artist Michael Jefry Stevens (born 1951 in NYC) performs extensively in Europe, Latin America and North America. He has composed over 400 works for both large and small ensemble. As an active band-leader for over 30 years his working musical ensembles include the Conference Call Quartet, The Fonda/Stevens Group, the Hungarian Eastern Boundary Quartet, the Griffith/Stevens Quartet, The Finnish “Brain Inventory Trio”, and most recently a quartet featuring Memphis vocalist Joyce Cobb. Mr. Stevens’ music has been released on more than 75 cds under his name. He has performed and/or recorded with some of the top names in Jazz including, Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Valery Ponomarev, Cecil Bridgewater, Dakota Staton, Bill McHenry, Leo Smith, Perry Robinson, Matt Wilson, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Feldman and many others. He was the “Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow” for 2000-2001 at the MacDowell Colony, was a 2006 Centrum Arts composer fellow, was a member of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop, and was voted runner-up Jazz musician of the year (2009) by Chicago JazzNet. In 2011 the Penguin Jazz Guide voted the Fonda/Stevens Group “Evolution” one of the top 100 important modern jazz recordings. Mr. Stevens is artist in residence for 2 weeks every year at EMU Conservatory in La Plata, Argentina.

Jason DeCristofaro is a multi-faceted educator, performer, composer and writer. In addition to teaching at Joyful Noise, he is also faculty at Brevard College, where he teaches music theory, jazz history, world music, and ear training, and Brevard High School where he is the percussion instructor and director of the BHS percussion ensemble. An accomplished jazz vibraphonist, he was the recipient and winner of the 2011 PAS/Yamaha Terry Gibbs Scholarship, an international competition for jazz vibraphonists. He also frequently performs as a percussionist with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Philharmonic, Carolina Concert Choir and Hendersonville Chorale, director of and is the founder and host of the Asheville Composers Concert and WNCPE (Western North Carolina Percussion Ensemble). He is also artistic director of the Brio Concert Series. A published composer with C. Alan Publications (Greensboro, NC), Jason has written several concert works for a variety of solo and chamber settings. His works have been performed by Asheville Ballet, The Symphony of the Mountains, Asheville Original Music Series, and Joe Lulloff. Jason has presented at Black Mountain College Museum and the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, and is a writer for CVNC (Classical Voice of North Carolina). He holds a Bachelor in Music Performance from Brevard College, a Masters of Music Performance from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and is currently working towards his PhD in Adult Educational Leadership at Walden University.

Whether in private lessons or classroom settings, Jason’s goal is to encourage and inspire students to achieve their musical goals. Whether they aspire to be a professional musician or simply want to gain a deeper understanding of musical concepts, Jason tailors each class and lesson to best meet the creative interests of each student. All of his lessons incorporate music theory, ear training, improvisation, and critical thinking, so the student can gain deeper insight into what they are playing and/or composing. Learning music is more than learning a craft or skill set – it is a wonderful method of unlocking creative potential. Jason believes any student of music, regardless of their knowledge base, educational background, age, or experience level, has potential to unlock their unique musical abilities. While teaching a collective knowledge base to all of his students is important, he also strongly believes in supporting individuality and the creative process, and that we all have something valuable to offer to ourselves, the community and the world through our creative and artistic pursuits



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