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Dayna Stephens Quartet : Live At Berklee

by Patrick Jarenwattananon
Nov 15, 2012 (WBGO-FM)

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The saxophonist Dayna Stephens, originally of the San Francisco Bay Area, has built up an impressive educational pedigree: Berkeley High, Berklee College of Music, the Thelonious Monk Institute's masters program. But he's really flourished by backing up greats like Kenny Barron and Idris Muhammad, and being a first-call player on both the East and West Coast. Blessed with a warm, enveloping tone, he's made two records as a bandleader, including this year's Today Is Tomorrow.

Dayna Stephens' band visits its leader's alma mater, Berklee College of Music, for this installment of the concert series The Checkout: Live. In a live radio broadcast on WBGO — and a live online video webcast at NPR Music — the quartet performed live. For the full concert archive of this series, visit

Set List

All compositions by Dayna Stephens unless otherwise indicated.

  • "On the Trail" (Grofe)
  • "Contagious"
  • "Haden's Largo"
  • "Black Narcissus" (Henderson)
  • "Radio-active Earworm"
  • "Loosy Goosy" [video highlight]


  • Dayna Stephens, tenor saxophone
  • Julian Lage, guitar
  • Kiyoshi Kitagawa, bass
  • Jaimeo Brown, drums


Producer and Host: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen. Recorded Nov. 15, 2012 at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. Photo courtesy of Michael Borgida/Berklee College of Music.

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