M3 Month: Today’s Modern Memphis Music Artist is Gerald Stephens
In October, the Memphis Music Foundation celebrates Memphis Means Music Month (M3 Month) by inviting people to a ton of events where you can hear/learn about Memphis music. For a full list of associated events, go here and scroll down past the calendar.
Throughout the month, I'll be talking about past and present Memphis musicians, and I hope you find some new favorite tunes. Today's Memphis artist is Gerald Stephens.
Born and raised in Memphis, Gerald discovered the piano at age seven and dedicated himself to becoming a professional musician. He graduated from the University of Memphis, then performed and taught around the country before he returning home in 2011 to take a position as Professor of Jazz Piano at Rhodes College.
He released his album "Cycles" earlier this year on local label Electric Room Records. John Miller over at the Memphis Music Foundation describes "Cycles" as "invariably groove-oriented instrumental jazz…an ever-changing and dynamic landscape for the ears that stays true to the genre's principal rule: keeping it cool."
Gerald composed all eight tracks on the album himself and recorded with a group of top Memphis musicians he mentions on his website. If you like Medeski, Martin, Wood, you might like Gerald's groovy jazz tunes. Listen to his album "Cycles" on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and at electricroomonline.com.
Information and quotes provided by the Memphis Music Foundation.