The Fonda/Stevens Group

The Fonda/Stevens Group

 New York City, New York, USA
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With over 25 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

"Over the past twenty five years and the course of twelve CDs, the Fonda/Stevens Group has evolved into one of Jazz/improvised musics most accomplished ensembles. Straddling the line between post-bob and free, they have come up with consistently satisfying albums."
Cadence Magazine

2017 - 25th Anniversary European Tour

With over 25 years of performing together in various ensembles, this powerful acoustic NYC based jazz ensemble features the music of bassist Joe Fonda and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens performing with master percussionist Harvey Sorgen and the brillliant modern jazz trumpet legend Herb Robertson.

The group has performed over 25 European tours in the past 15 years (!997 - 2015) including radio broadcasts for BRTN (Belgium), Saarbrucken Radio (Germany), WDR Radio Koln (Germany), Radio Bremen (Germany), Radio Zurich (Switzerland), Radio Nurnberg (Germany) VPRO Radio Amsterdam (Holland) and has been featured artist at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival (Canada), Halo Jazz Days (Brugge, Belgium), Jazzmeille Thuringen (Weimer, Germany), Jazzkroe Gent (Belgium), Westfalisches Musikfest 1998 (Munster Germany), Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI) the Cerkno Jazz Festival (Slovenia 2007), the Jazz Goes to Town Festival in the Czech Republic (2008) and most recently the "Are You Free" Jazz Festival (Slovakia) and the Sibiu Jazz Festival (Romania).

Pianist and co-leader Michael Jefry Stevens has performed and/or recorded with Dave Douglas, Mark Feldman, Gerry Hemingway, Miles Griffith, Billy Martin (Martin-Medeski-Wood), Pheeroan Aklaff, Leo Wadada Smith, Steve Turre, Cecil Bridgewater, Valery Ponamerev, Potato Valdez, Thomas Chapin and Dominic Duval. His most recent CD releases include "Joyce Cobb" on Archer Records and "Only Love" with the Griffith/Stevens Quartet on ARC Records. He has composed over 300 works for various musical ensembles and was a recent fellow at the Macdowell Artist Colony in Peterborough, NH and Centrum Arts in Port Townsend, WA.

Bassist and co-leader Joe Fonda has developed an extensive international reputation over the last several years recording and touring with the world-reknowned Anthony Braxton including performances at some of the worlds most prestigious jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Istanbul International Jazz Festival. He is also featured bassist on numerous recordings with Mr. Braxton including the famed Charlie Parker Project Recordings as well as the piano quartet recordings with Braxton on piano. Mr. Fonda has performed with such notable musicians as Ken McIntyre, Charlie Persip, Lou Donaldson, Perry Robinson, Kenny Barron, Leo Smith, Curtis Fuller, Chico Hamilton and others. He is co-leader of the critically acclaimed FAB trio which features Barry Altschul on drums and Billy Bang on violin.

Master Drummer Harvey Sorgen has performed and/or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Bruce Hornsby, Bob Weir, Dave Douglas, David Sancious, John Stubblefield, Carter Jefferson, Karl Berger, David Torn, Ahmad Jamal, Los Lobos, Dry Jack, Art Lande, Roswell Rudd, NRBQ, the Mallards and Bill Frisell amongst many others. He was a member of "Hot Tuna" for over a decade and is featured on many of their most important recordings. A partial list of album credits include; The Arc Quartet, Outlet, the Mosaic Sextet, NRBQ, Sorgen-Rust-Stevens Trio and recently "Aercine" on Drimala Records. His first instructional video, "Drumming Made Easy" is available worldwide from Homespun Tapes Ltd.

Herb Robertson is internationally renowned as one of the most innovative trumpet/brass improvisors of the 20th Century. In 1981, Robertson became one of the original members of Tim Bernes ensemble and shortly after joined Mark Helias band. It is with these two artists that Robertson first began receiving enormous critical acclaim. Mr. Robertson has recorded five albums under his own name and has appearedwith such artists as Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, John Zorn, Bobby Previte, Charlie Haden Music Liberation

Discography

The Fonda/Stevens Group "The Wish"
Music and Arts 1996

The Fonda/Stevens Group "Parallel Lines"
Music and Arts 1997

The Fonda/Stevens Group "Live from Brugge"
DeWerf Records 1997

The Fonda/Stevens Group "Evolution"
Leo Records 1998

The Fonda/Stevens Group "Live at the Bunker"
Leo Records 2000

The Fonda/Stevens Group "The Healing"
Leo Records 2002

The Fonda/Stevens Group "Twelve Improvisations"
Leo Records 2004

The Fonda/Stevens Group "Forever Real"
482 Music 2005

The Fonda/Stevens Group "Live at Alte Paketpost"
FSG Productions 2005

The Fonda/Stevens Group "TRIO"
Nottwo Records 2007

The Fonda/Stevens Group "Memphis"
PlayScape Records 2009

The Fonda/Stevens Group "Trio + 2"
Nottwo Records - 2011

The Fonda/Stevens Group "Live from Spielboden"
Nottwo Records - 2014


Set List

The Quartet's normal concert performance involves 2 sets of approximately one hour each in length. Each set will usually contain 4 to 5 original compositions by either of the co-leaders (Michael J. Stevens or Joe Fonda).