Dayna Stephens

Saxophonist Heads Yoshi's Fundraiser March 3

  • February 12, 2009
  • MEDIA CONTACT: Diane Daniel, Publicist; College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, (510) 885-3183;

Saxophonist Dayna Stephens and the California State University, East Bay Jazz Ensembles will bring their music to Yoshi's Jazz Club Tuesday, March 3 for the 10th Annual Night of Jazz Music Department Scholarship Fundraiser.

Performing under the direction of Johannes Wallmann and Dann Zinn, the jazz musicians will do two shows, at 8 and 10 p.m. at the Oakland Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero Way, at Jack London Square.

At 30 years of age, Stephens has already performed with such jazz luminaries as Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove, Tom Harrell, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Freddie Hubbard, Steve Coleman, and Oliver Lake.

The New York Times described him as "a hard-driving and resourceful tenor saxophonist." JazzTimes called his 2007 CD, The Timeless Now, a "timely debut [that] may signal the birth of a new cool," and the San Diego Union-Tribune raved, "Just when the brilliant young jazz musician seems to come into focus, he reveals another facet of his already improbably expansive musical gift."

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door for the early show. For the 10 p.m. show, tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 for CSUEB students at the door.

Reservations are available at or at (510) 238-9200. For information, call (510) 885-3167.

Sponsorships are available at All proceeds support the Cal State East Bay Music Department Scholarship and Special Events Funds.

CSUEB welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please notify event sponsor at (510) 885-3167 well in advance if accommodation is needed.

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