Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson Trio

Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson Trio

 Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA
BandJazzAcoustic

With over 20 years of performing together this powerful acoustic NYC based jazz ensemble is one of the premier working modern jazz groups on today's international scene. The ensemble performs exclusively original music by Mr. Stevens and Mr. Fonda in either trio or quartet format!

Biography

Tim Ferguson has been working as a bassist in New York City since 1989. He has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe with a wide variety of groups including: The George Cables Trio, The Tony Scott Quartet and vocalist Vanessa Rubin. He has appeared in recordings and live performances with many well known jazz artists including; Don Friedman, Eddie Harris, Mel Lewis, and The Village Vanguard Orchestra, among others. Bass World Magazine calls him A fine young bassist who plays with a warm and woody sound and whose solos are tasteful, balanced and never overplayed. Ferguson can be heard on many CDs including: My Foolish Heart, on the Steeplechase label with pianist Don Friedman, and the recently released Perspectives from the Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet. He acted as musical consultant for the academy award winning feature film Ray starring Jamie Fox and has also appeared as a bassist in two episodes of the television series Spin City starring Michael J. Fox. Ferguson is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and William Paterson College and has taught as an adjunct instructor at New York University, SUNY New Paltz, The New School and Western Michigan University.

Pianist/Composer Michael Jefry Stevens performs extensively in Europe and North America. He has composed over 350 works for both large and small ensemble. Over 100 of these works are currently recorded and broadcast throughout the world on various radio networks. Michael has been an active pianist/composer and band-leader for the past 30 years. He has released over 50 cds featuring his original music on numerous jazz record labels, including Leo Records, Drimala Records, Soul Note Records, Konnex Records, Music and Arts, Red Toucan Records, GM Recordings, 482 Music and most recently the Polish label Nottwo Records. Artists he has performed and/or recorded with include Dave Douglas, Mark Feldman, Han Bennink, Charles Moffett, Cecil Bridgewater, Valery Ponomarev, Harold Vick, Gerry Hemingway, Miles Griffith, Pheeroan Aklaff, Billy Martin, Leo Smith, Ben Monder, Thomas Chapin, Gebhard Ullmann, Herb Robertson, Bill Goodwin, Matt Wilson, Dominic Duval and Dave Liebman. He was a 2005 composer fellow at Centrum Arts in Port Towsend (WA), the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow for 2000-2001 at the MacDowell Colony, received 2nd prize in the 1999 Monaco International Jazz Composition Contest, and has been the recipient of numerous Meet the Composer grants. Michael is currently on the faculty of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Drummer Jeff Siege Siegel has performed and/or recorded with a diverse group of jazz artists ranging from veteran performers such as Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Wadada Leo Smith, Jack DeJohnette, Baikida Carroll and Mose Allison to those a generation below such as Dave Douglas, Ravi Coltrane, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Graham Haynes and Steve Turre. He was a member of the Sir Roland Hanna Trio from 1994-1999. He is the leader of The Jeff Siege Siegel Quartet. and has been described by Jazz World Magazine as a brilliant drummer. His 2005 debut cd as a bandleader Magical Spaces on the CAP label was critically acclaimed by several publications including All Music Guide , whose critic Scott Yanow wrote Jeff Siege Siegels compositions are colorful and original, not having any major debt to an obvious predecessor. Some of the songs ...could possibly become future standards. Veteran Jazz Artist Jimmy Heath recently noted ..."Magical Spaces" is the kind of CD that you want to listen to over and over. Jeff's musicality is incredible.. A sampling of Sieges discography includes: Ryan Kisors Minor Mutiny (Columbia) and Arthur Rhames Trio Live From Soundscape (DIW). Jeff is also on the faculties of S.U.N.Y. at New Paltz as well as Western Connecticut State University. He is an endorsing artist for Vic Firth Drumsticks.

Discography

SSF Discography on
Imaginary Jazz Records

One of a Kind (Imaginary Records) - 1995
Points of View (Imaginary Records)- 1997
Panorama (Imaginary Records)- 1999
Triologue (Imaginary Records)- 2000
Get out of Town (Imaginary Records) - 2006
Six (Konnex Records) - 2010

Set List

The trio performs an extensive repertoire of original material and selected jazz standards from the masters including music by Ellington, Strayhorn, Vernon Duke, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Hoagy Carmichael and many others. Each set lasts approximately one hour in length, and a typical concert consists of 2 sets with a 15 minute intermission.