Happy Birthday, Dayna Stephens



The search engine thinks this is 40 Dayna Stephens + Stanford images…

I had the pleasure of seeing Dayna Stephens at the Stanford Jazz Workshop concert series, at Dink.

Because he is coming back to his home the Bay Area later this month to record a cd with local legend Josh Thurston-Milgrom (my fellow Gunn alumnus*), Dayna is breaking away to play The Mitch.

I admit I had not heard of Dayna until I took in a Peter Apfelbaum show in 2008, also at Stanford, and the progam notes included a Q&A in which he was asked his two favorite young musicians, under 40: Ambrose Akinmusire and Dayna Stephens.

I hope this is a great day for D.

I hope this is a great month for D.

I hope the years turns out to be, for him, the best yet.

Meanwhile, I have five shows I”m advancing: Dayna Stephens, John Santos, Sun Kil Moon, Amendola/Dunn/Greenlief and Tom Harrell. All are at The Mitch, save THQ which is a FREE SHOW at Palo Alto Art Center, the former Palo Alto Cultural Center that is also the former Council Chambers here, during Tom’s youth in nearby Los Altos.

I have 2 shows I am bidding on. I might end up with 10 for the year and targeting 10 to 20 for 2020.

Meanwhile, beyond here in Plasty, I have ads and banners in or on the Weekly. And thanks to my wife TMW, Terry Acebo Davis, the artist and former commissoioner I have a website URL for Earthwise as well.

*Gunn alums in the jazz world: Josh Thurston Milgrom, Me, Jason Olaine, Stanley Jordan, Joe Oliveira, Dan Adams, Bob Adams, Tom Polizer, Akira Tana, Jana Herzen, David Brigham, that young drummer, Rustagi or something. Dan is sitting in tonite in a rock jam space band at Lytton Plaza led by Beauman Edwards, Equator.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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