“A Saxophone Star Ready to Go Nova”
— Jerry Karp ( DownBeat Magazine, SF Chronicle, SFweekly & JazzWest.com )
UPCOMING: Benefit Concert for Dayna Stephens
Featuring Taylor Eigsti & Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet
Sunday, February 17th 6:30 PM @ The Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA
Renowned pianist Taylor Eigsti and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet will be hosting a concert at the Piedmont Piano Company in efforts to raise money towards covering Dayna’s immense medical expenses. Dayna Stephens himself will be playing in Taylor Eigsti’s group, along with bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Eric Harland. The members of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet are Tom Kelley on alto and soprano saxophones, Rane Roatta on tenor saxophone, Paul Bloom on piano, Adam Goldman on bass, and Malachi Whitson on drums.
100% of all proceeds raised will go directly to Dayna through the Jazz Foundation’s donation system. Please come out for a very meaningful night of music if you can!
» more info @ jazzfoundation.org
Benefit for Dayna Stephens, top saxophonist, BHS alumnus
On Sunday, Menlo Park-raised piano star Taylor Eigsti performs at Piedmont Piano with his all-star quartet featuring Stephens, bassist Harish Raghaven, and drummer Eric Harland. The Dave Brubeck Jazz Quintet, featuring the stellar Richmond-raised drummer Malachi Whitson, opens the concert, and all proceeds go toward Stephens’ treatment.
“I think I play better any time I’m playing with Dayna Stephens,” says Eigsti, 28, who has worked extensively with Stephens over the past eight years. “You hear him soloing and then you do something else that he inspired. He’s also one of the most genuine cats. He just doesn’t have a bad word to say about anyone. Every little bit of his musicality is completely unique.” »read article @ berkeleyside.com
Saxophonist Dayna Stephens (www.daynasound.com) is an internationally renowned saxophonist, composer, bandleader and educator, and a popular face in the East and West Coast Jazz scenes. But he has a rare kidney disease called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) which affects 20 out of every million people and is waiting on an urgently needed kidney transplant. He faces costly anti-rejection medications at a monthly rate of over $4,000 a month for an indefinite time period.
Musicians on the West and East Coast have come together to perform benefit concerts to help Dayna meet his medical needs. If you would like to contribute please donate here – all donations go through the Jazz Foundation of America. 100% will go directly to Dayna!
Why People Want to Help Dayna — Watch Pianist Taylor Eigsti’s Video:
This is a grass-roots effort. Close friends of Dayna have come together to help him in this time of need. Please have a look through this site – learn more about Dayna, learn about kidney donation and donor screening, tell others by sharing this link on your Facebook page or website, and please make a donation in Dayna’s name on our donation page.
No donation is too small. All donations are needed and appreciated.
Thank you for visiting this site. — friends of Dayna Stephens.