December 11, 2019



Internationally Renowned Jazz Pianist/Composer Has Produced Countless Solo & Collaborative Albums Over The Years

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C.—Pianist and composer Michael Jefry Stevens, a true master of modern jazz and an internationally recognized recording artist, will showcase his quartet at White Horse Black Mountainon Wednesday, Jan. 15at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. Children admission is $6. Doors will open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 828-669-0816 go to www.whitehorseblackmountain.comor

Over the past 40 years, Stevens has been associated with some of the most important figures in modern jazz. Beginning with his first CD release in 1991 as a member of Mark Whitecage’s Liquid Time Group,he has been in the forefront of the New York City and international improvised music scene.

Between 1988-1990, Michael Jefry co-led the now legendary "Mosaic Sextet" with Dave Douglas.This group included Mark Feldman on violin, Michael Rabinowitz on bassoon, and the rhythm section of Harvey Sorgen on drums and Joe Fonda on bass. Their Today This MomentCD release on Konnex Records and re-release on GM Recordings is considered one of the classic modern jazz recordings of the 1990s and was voted one of the best 1000 jazz recordings by the 2011 Penguin Guide to Jazz.

This rhythm section went on to become the nucleus for the Fonda/Stevens Group. Since the quartet’s inception in 1992, the Fonda/Stevens Group has released 14 CDs, repeatedly toured Europe and is one of the most successful working modern jazz groups on the international scene.

Stevens has composed over 340 works for various ensembles, including big band, string quartet, music for voice, music for solo instruments, various small groups and his latest ensemble, the 15-piece Mountain Chamber Jazz Ensemble. He was the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow at "The MacDowell Colony" in the summer of 2000, received second prize in the prestigious Monaco International Jazz Compositionin 1998, and was a composer fellow at the Centrum Arts Colony in Port Townsend, Wash. in June 2005.

In 2009, Stevens was named a Steinway Performing Artist, the first ever for the City of Memphis. In 2016, he was voted "Best Composer" in Western North Carolina by the readers of the Mountain Xpressand received a "Regional Project Artist Grant" from the Toe River Arts Council. He currently resides in Black Mountain, N.C.

White Horse Black Mountain (105 Montreat Rd.) is a 215-seat music and arts venue that has staged more than 2,500 concerts and other events during its 10-year history. It offers state-of-the-art sound, cabaret-style (table) seating, and bar/concession area that serves beer, wine, Kombucha, soft drinks and snacks.

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