Moers Festival, 2016
|Born||June 14, 1984|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, ukulele, charango|
|Labels||Sunnyside, GroundUp, Universal|
|Associated acts||Becca Stevens Band, Tillery, Jacob Collier|
Becca Stevens (born June 14, 1984) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who draws upon elements of jazz, chamber-pop, indie-rock, and folk.
She has collaborated with artists including Jacob Collier, Laura Mvula, Billy Childs, David Crosby, and many others. She has also worked with pianists Taylor Eigsti, Timo Andres, and Brad Mehldau, in addition to the Grammy award-winning jazz ensemble Snarky Puppy. Stevens leads the Becca Stevens Band, with Liam Robinson on accordion and keyboards, Chris Tordini on bass, and Jordan Perlson on drums and percussion. She was a member of the band Tillery with Gretchen Parlato and Rebecca Martin.
Stevens grew up in North Carolina. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and studied classical guitar, then went to The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, where she received a degree in vocal jazz and composition. She was married to Nathan Schram on September 2, 2017 at Augsburg Lutheran Church.
Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling listed her as one of his five favorite jazz vocalists and music critic Ted Gioia listed her albums Weightless (2011) and Perfect Animal (2015) among the one hundred best albums of the corresponding years.
Stevens's album Regina (2017) was produced by Michael League and Troy Miller and received a five-star review from Down Beat magazine, which called it "the most spectacular of albums", while BBC Radio 2 praised the album saying, "Lyrically, the album is astounding".
The Lighthouse Band
One number on David Crosby's Michael League-produced Lighthouse album featured Crosby, League, Stevens, and Michelle Willis (with Bill Laurance on piano) performing "By the Light of Common Day", a song written by Stevens and Crosby. The quartet became The Lighthouse Band on Crosby's 2018 Here If You Listen album, a collaborative unit of four equal members (although led by Crosby). The band toured for six weeks in November and December 2018 .
- Tea Bye Sea (self-released, 2008, reissued from Core Port, 2015)
- Weightless (Sunnyside, 2011)
- Perfect Animal (Core Port/Universal, 2014)
- Regina (GroundUP, 2017)
- Wonderbloom (GroundUP, 2020)
- Tillery (Core Port, 2016)
As David Crosby's Lighthouse Band
- Jeremy Pelt and Wired, Shock Value: Live at Smoke (Maxjazz, 2007)
- Frank LoCrasto, When You're There (Maxjazz, 2007)
- Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, Enjoy! (Koch, 2008)
- Dapp Theory, Layers of Chance (ObliqSound, 2008)
- Sam Sadigursky, Words Project II (New Amsterdam, 2008)
- Taylor Eigsti, Daylight at Midnight (Concord Jazz, 2010)
- Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society (Heads Up, 2012)
- Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, I Go Humble (Zoho, 2013)
- Dayna Stephens, I'll Take My Chances (Criss Cross, 2013)
- Ambrose Akinmusire, The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint (Blue Note, 2014)
- José James, While You Were Sleeping (Blue Note, 2014)
- Billy Childs, Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro (Sony Masterworks, 2014)
- New West Guitar Group, Send One Your Love (Summit, 2015)
- Peter Eldridge, 'Wish You with Me', Disappearing Day (Sunnyside Records, 2016)
- The Sachal Ensemble, Song of Lahore (Universal, 2016)
- Snarky Puppy, Family Dinner – Volume 2 (GroundUP, 2016)
- David Crosby, Lighthouse (Groove Masters, 2016)
- David Crosby, Sky Trails (BMG, 2017)
- Brad Mehldau, Finding Gabriel (Nonesuch)
- "Biography – Long Form". tillerygals.com. May 11, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
- Morrison, Allen (July 2016). "Becca Stevens". Down Beat. Elmhurst, Illinois: Maher.
- "Smartists: Becca Stevens | Amy Poehler's Smart Girls". amysmartgirls.com. March 27, 2014.
- "NPR Music". Kurt Elling on World Cafe.
- "Ted Gioia". The 100 Best Albums of 2011.
- "Ted Gioia". The 100 Best Albums of 2015.
- "Michael League: Snarky Puppy's Jazz-Schooled, Grassroots Visionary". All About Jazz. December 10, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
- Pakistan's Sachal Jazz Ensemble rises above the risks in 'Song of Lahore'
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