New Record ‘Peace’ now available on Sunnyside

Dayna Stephens - Peace

For his new recording, Peace, Stephens focuses on interpreting intimate and heartfelt compositions that harken to the major ballad players, like Lester Young, Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon. But Stephens’s inspirations go a step further. The ballad singing of vocalist Luther Vandross has always haunted the saxophonist and influenced his sound on ballads (especially on the horn that most closely parallels Stephens’s own voice, the baritone), not to mention the undeniable inspiration garnered from balladeers Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.

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