Date & Time: Saturday July 13, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
Amy Stephens, pianist/composer featuring Amy Stephens Group jazz quartet playing Amy’s original compositions
Special guest: Tom Clark, saxophone
About the Artists
Amy has fronted her jazz quartet, the Amy Stephens Group, since 1998. The three quartet’s albums of Amy’s original jazz compositions—My Many Moods, Gold Through Fire, and Amy Stephens Group–-have earned acclaim and steady airplay on jazz radio around the U.S. and internet jazz radio around the world. ASG has performed at jazz festivals and concert series around the U.S. This concert will feature the quartet’s favorite songs from their albums, as well as Amy’s compositions from her latest solo piano album, Becoming (released 2018). Special guest Tom Clark (saxophonist on all of Amy Stephens Group albums) visits from the Midwest just for this concert!
Stephens plays it all as if with a smile on her face and in her fingers. Stunning finger work, effortlessly negotiated.
-Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine
A formidable originator of new music. This is the future of instrumental jazz.
-Michael Nastos, All Music Guide
Stephens suggests Keith Jarrett on the keys.
-Adam Greenburg, All Music Guide
Instantly embraceable jazz
Pianist, composer and bandleader Amy Stephens loves jazz and classical piano and is well- versed in both realms, performing and recording extensively for the past 18 years. She is particularly fond of Third Stream music, the fusion of classical form with jazz style and sensibilities. Her newest album, Becoming (2018), showcases Amy performing new Third Stream works for solo piano written by herself and others.
Amy has fronted her own jazz quartet, the Amy Stephens Group (ASG), since 1998. The three quartet’s albums of Amy’s original jazz compositions—My Many Moods (2005), Gold Through Fire (2001), and Amy Stephens Group (1998)–have earned acclaim and steady airplay on jazz radio around the U.S. and internet jazz radio around the world.
Amy has been privileged to study under renowned jazz educator and composer David N. Baker and pianists Lynne Arriale, Marius ‘Butch’ Nordal, Luke Gillespie and Evelyne Brancart. A graduate of Indiana University’s world-renowned School of Music, Amy earned two Bachelor degrees and a Master degree in classical and jazz piano, as well as the coveted Performer’s Certificate.
She enjoys playing contemporary worship music and has served as music director and pianist for many churches in the Midwest, Northwest, and the Bay Area. She currently lives in coastal California with her husband and three sons, writing music, performing, and teaching in her piano studio. She is also an avid swimmer and has fun growing and photographing orchids.