Masters all kinds of saxophones

Dayna Stephens masters all kinds of saxophones, from soprano to baritone plus the electronic EWI, but he’s mainly acknowledged for his tenor playing, in for example the Downbeat Critics Poll. Whether he plays deep grooves, traditional swing or more exploratory improvisations, he’s always searching to find what’s singable.

It is this melodic approach that connects his albums and compositions. Dayna Stephens was Born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in the Bay Area. He collaborated with many giants of jazz, soul and rock including Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Terence Blanchard, Brad Mehldau, Wayne Shorter and Tom Harrell.

At the BIMHUIS he will perform with double bassist Ben Street and drummer Jaimeo Brown. ‘His big, warm lines are full of notes and intent but also gusts of wind, bodies of water’ (JazzTimes). ‘Stephens combines the clout of classic-era tenor saxophone giants such as John Coltrane and Joe Henderson with the sinuous long-lined approach of the contemporary tenorist Mark Turner and his cool school inspiration Warne Marsh’ (The Guardian).