The saxophonist Dayna Stephens, originally of the San Francisco Bay Area, has built up an impressive educational pedigree: Berkeley High, Berklee College of Music, the Thelonious Monk Institute's masters program. But he's really flourished by backing up greats like Kenny Barron and Idris Muhammad, and being a first-call player on both the East and West Coast. Blessed with a warm, enveloping tone, he's made two records as a bandleader, including this year's Today Is Tomorrow.
Dayna Stephens' band visits its leader's alma mater, Berklee College of Music, for this installment of the concert series The Checkout: Live. In a live radio broadcast on WBGO — and a live online video webcast at NPR Music — the quartet performed live. For the full concert archive of this series, visit npr.org/checkoutlive.
All compositions by Dayna Stephens unless otherwise indicated.
- "On the Trail" (Grofe)
- "Haden's Largo"
- "Black Narcissus" (Henderson)
- "Radio-active Earworm"
- "Loosy Goosy" [video highlight]
- Dayna Stephens, tenor saxophone
- Julian Lage, guitar
- Kiyoshi Kitagawa, bass
- Jaimeo Brown, drums
Producer and Host: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen. Recorded Nov. 15, 2012 at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. Photo courtesy of Michael Borgida/Berklee College of Music.