02/04/13

Benefit Concert Planned for Saxophonist Dayna Stephens

Taylor Eigsti and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet will perform

A benefit concert is scheduled to aid saxophonist, composer and bandleader Dayna Stephens, who has a rare kidney disease called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis.
The program, which will take place Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., at the Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, Calif., will feature pianist Taylor Eigsti and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. All proceeds will go toward covering Stephens’ medical expenses. Stephens will play in 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.

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Dayna Stephens

Stephens needs anti-rejection medications that cost more than $4,000 a month for an indefinite time period and is waiting for a kidney transplant. FSGS affects 20 out of every million people.

The most recent album release by Stephens, 34, is Today is Tomorrow, on the Criss Cross label. The album features Aaron Parks, Julian Lage and Michael Rodriguez.

Stephens also teaches at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the New School, the Brubeck Institute Fellowship and Summer Jazz Colony, San Francisco State University and the Jazz Camp West.

For more information, or to donate, visit Dayna Stephens.

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