Dayna Stephens

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Dayna Stephens
Dayna Stephens 05.jpg
INNtöne Jazzfestival, Austria 2016
Background information
Born (1978-08-01) 1 August 1978 (age 40)
Brooklyn New York
Years active2000s–present
Associated actsTaylor Eigsti, Kenny Barron, Gerald Clayton

Dayna Stephens (born August 1, 1978) is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. In addition to leading his own group, Stephens has performed extensively with Kenny Barron, Ambrose Akinmusire, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Eric Harland, Gerald Clayton, and other contemporaries. Stephens grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Berkeley High School. He went on to study at the Berklee School of Music and later at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.[1][2]

Stephens's albums include The Timeless Now (2007), Today Is Tomorrow (2012), That Nepenthetic Place (2013), I'll Take My Chances (2013), and Peace (2014).[3] Peace features guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Eric Harland. Gratitude was released in 2017.


  • The Timeless Now (CTA, 2007)
  • Today is Tomorrow (Criss Cross Jazz, 2012)
  • I'll Take My Chances (Criss Cross Jazz, 2013)
  • That Nepenthetic Place (Sunnyside, 2013)
  • New Day: The Emeryville Sessions Vol. 3 (Vegamusic, 2014)
  • Peace (Sunnyside, 2014)
  • Reminiscent (Criss Cross Jazz, 2013 [2015])
  • Gratitude (Contagious Music, 2017)


  1. ^ "The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Dayna Stephens". Berklee. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Benefit for Dayna Stephens, top saxophonist, BHS alumnus". Berkeleyside. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Dayna Stephens". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 July 2013.