Professor

Anderson, S. WebStephen Anderson (Professor), is a critically acclaimed composer and pianist whose music has been published on fourteen compact discs through Summit, Albany, Nagel Heyer Records, and other labels.  Four of Anderson’s recordings have appeared on the Grammy® Awards ballots representing Summit Records—Nation Degeneration (53rd), Believe (56th), 360˚ Jazz Initiative, Distracted Society (58th), and The Dominican Jazz Project (59th).  The Dominican Jazz Project similarly represented the label at the 17th Annual Latin Grammy® Awards in the categories of “Best New Artist” and “Best Jazz CD.” Both the Stephen Anderson Trio Nation Degeneration and Forget Not CDs received 4½ stars (out of 5) from the All Music Guide, and Forget Not was nominated best jazz “Debut CD” (3rd Annual Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll 2008) and The Dominican Jazz Project was listed in the “2016’s best Latin/Brazilian jazz recordings” (Ken Frackling, Jazz Notes).  Previously, Anderson was pianist with the Lynn Seaton Trio (2000-03), the North Texas One O’clock Lab Band (Lab 2000-01), was winner of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival piano competition (1997), and keyboardist for gold-recording country artist, Kevin Sharp (1996-97).

As a composer, his works have been performed by ensembles throughout the United States, including the West Point Military Academy Band, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Montclair State Wind Symphony, Crested Butte Chamber Orchestra, the MIT Concert Band, North Carolina Central Percussion Ensemble, UNC Symphony Orchestra, UNC Wind Ensemble and many others, and at such venues as the College Band Directors National Association, the International Tuba Euphonium Association, and the Australian Trumpet Guild.

Awards include two commissions from the Barlow Endowment (2005, 2010), finalist, West Point Jazz Knights Composers Forum competition (2011), Chapman Family Foundation Teaching Award (2014), Junior Faculty Development Award-UNC (2008), United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, the UNC Research Council, the “Village Pride, Hometown Hero Award” WCHL Chapel Hill Radio (2008), Endeavors magazine features (2013, 2008), and reviews in All About Jazz, Jazz Times, All Music Guide, and PAS.

Dr. Anderson is Professor of Composition and Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina and is Director of the UNC Summer Jazz Workshop.  He holds a D.M.A. from the University of North Texas (2005), and served as Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at Western Illinois University (2003-2005). He studied composition with Cindy McTee, Joseph Klein, Tom Clark, Joseph Butch Rovan, Phil Winsor, Paris Rutherford, Stephen Jones, David Sargent, Michael Hicks, and Murray Boren. He studied piano with Dan Haerle, Stephan Karlson, Dan Waldis, Gary Freeman, Wilson Brown, and Mona Smith. Through visiting artist-in-residence series, Anderson has also received personal instruction from Joseph Schwantner, Brian Ferneyhough, Stephen Hartke, Maria Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer, and Jim McNeely.

Press Quotes:

“The pocket he plays in is precise and intense, whether he imposes alien forms onto his pieces or simply thwarts the expectations of rhythm and harmony…there is no question of the beauty in Anderson’s playing…”

—Jay Deshpande, All about Jazz

“Anderson…creates new music and improvisations that are full of life, energy and fresh ideas. Highly recommended.”

—Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

…“freely exploratory, patiently detailed, deeply felt, entirely unsentimental, and continually surprising.”

—Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

Quest…composed by Stephen R. Anderson, establishes a method of creating a four-part texture by just two instruments. This, to my ears, is the most innovative work on the CD, and is really quite striking in its originality.

—David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare Magazine (review of Duo XXI’s CD, Quest, Albany Records)

Isaiah is a powerful work, full of colors both vivid and, at times, pastel. The audience received this premiere performance with enthusiastic applause, with good reason.

—Geoffrey Simon, Classical Voice of North Carolina

…one of the bright stars of the contemporary scene.

—It’s Just Jazz, KZFR 90.1 FM

…full of creative energy and the joy of musical discovery.

—Mark Sullivan, All about Jazz (review of the Dominican Jazz Project, Summit Records)

…“an exemplar of the scholar-musician.”

—Jay Deshpande, All about Jazz

Listed in 2016’s best Latin/Brazilian jazz recordings

—Ken Frackling, Jazz Notes (Dominican jazz Project, Summit Records)

(New works composed since July 1, 2005)

  1. (2015) The Dominican Jazz Project – Te Toca a Ti, Zona Colonial, Reflexiones de la Mangulina, Por la Causa, and Salida for CD release (Summit Records, March 2016).
  2. (2014) 360ᵒ Jazz Initiative (UNC Faculty Jazz), Distracted Society CD – Distracted Society, 60 Seconds, No Answer, Theme for Man, Burn, and Fish Wars (Summit Records, June 2015).
  3. (2013-14) Isaiah, a seven movement, 49 minute oratorio for SATB choir, string orchestra, and piano – Carolina Choir, Susan Klebanow, Director, Jeanne Fischer, soloist, and Anderson, composer and pianist. Premiered November 21, 2013, HHA.  Recorded November 23, 2013 in Memorial Hall.
  4. (2012) Edge, for wind ensemble and electronic media, commissioned by Evan Feldman, Conductor, for the University of North Carolina Wind Ensemble.  Premiere at UNC (February 21, 2012) and at the College Band Directors National Association Conference/Southern Division at Kennesaw, Georgia, February 25, 2012.
  5. (2012) Stephen Anderson Trio, with Guest (tenor sax) Joel Frahm CD recording (June 2012): Pig Pickin’, I Didn’t Mean That, Nu Millennium, Tolerance, Jury Duty, and Believe.
  6. (2011) Euphētcha, a euphonium feature with wind symphony – commissioned by Jason Ham, euphonium, for the ITEA Northeastern Regional Tuba & Euphonium Conference, May 13, 2011, New Jersey, and the Montclair State University Wind Symphony, Thomas McCauley, conductor.
  7. (2010) Time Passing – new work for big band, for the West Point Jazz Knights Composers Forum Competition (The Falcon, Marlboro, NY – January 12-13, 2011).
  8. (2010) Waiting – new work for big band.  Premiered by Anderson and the West Point Jazz Knights at the WPJK Composers Forum (the Falcon, Marlboro, NY – January 12-13, 2011).
  9. (2010) Three Vernacular “Songs” for Violin and Cello – commissioned by Duo XXI, Anna Cromwell, Mira Frisch for 2010-11 tour and forthcoming Albany Records CD release.
  10. (2010) Dysfunctional, a concerto for piano and orchestra (commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for pianist Steven Harlos [staff pianist, Dallas Symphony] and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Tonu Kalam, Conductor).  Premiered April 13, 2010 at Memorial Hall.
  11. (2010) War Peace, a collaborative multi-media work for flute, violin, cello, piano, percussion, Max/MSP, and video (David Tinapple, videographer, Arizona State University).  Funding provided by the Institute of Arts and Humanities.  Premiered at the UNC CHAT Festival (university-wide digital arts festival) February 16, 2010, Memorial Hall.
  12. (2009) Quest, for violin and cello.  Commissioned by Duo XXI, Anna Cromwell (Eastern Illinois University) and Mira Frisch (UNC-Charlotte) for a forthcoming Albany Records CD release (contracts signed).  Premiered at Winthrop University September 26, 2009 and performed on fall 2009 tour at Northern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Coe College, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the McColl Arts Center (Charlotte, NC).
  13. (2008-09) Left In a Red State, Count Your Facts, Waiting, Sullivan’s, Serenity, December 2008, Nation Degeneration – compositions for the Stephen Anderson Trio, Nation Degeneration CD (Summit Records, April 2010).
  14. (2008) Focal Point, for flute and piano.  Commissioned by Brooks de Wetter-Smith, Distinguished Professor of Flute (UNC).  Premiered at UNC (November 2008) and subsequently performed on the NC-State University Arts NOW Series (January 28, 2009).
  15. (2007, 2005) Concerto for Solo Percussion and Concert Band (commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for the United States Military Academy Band, West Point, New York Colonel Thomas Rotondi Jr., Commander/Conductor, Staff Sergeant Rone Sparrow, percussion).  Originally premiered April 13, 2005, Eisenhower Hall, West Point, NY.  Subsequently, a new third movement was composed and was premiered by the UNC Wind Ensemble, Michael Votta, conductor, Staff Sergeant, Rone Sparrow, percussion soloist, October 8, 2007, Memorial Hall.  Full score and piano reduction published by C-Alan Publications.
  16. (2006) Greensleeves, arrangement for big band.  Commissioned by the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra.  Recorded by Brigham Young University’s “Synthesis” on their High Road CD, Tantara Records (May 2009).  Synthesis toured England and Scotland performing Greensleeves (July 2008).
  17. (2006) “Stella by Starlight,” an arrangement commissioned by Lynn Seaton for Seaton and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra.  Premiered by Lynn Seaton and Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Ronald Neil, Director, Dallas, Texas (February 12, 2006).
  18. (2006) Lips Co., for percussion ensemble. Performed by the UNC-Charlotte Percussion Ensemble; Rick Dior, director (December 5, 2006) and the North Carolina Central University Percussion Ensemble; Thomas Taylor, director (November 2, 2006).
  19. (2006) Mobiles, T’so Political,‘em and ‘ems, Understated, Forget Not – compositions for the Stephen Anderson Trio, Forget Not CD, (Summit Records 2008).

CLASSICAL

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Duo XXI – “Metal Cicadas, Duo XXI”

Anna Cromwell – violin
Mira Frisch – cello
Albany Records – itunes


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Isaiah, an oratorio for SATB choir, string orchestra, and piano

Commissioned by Mormon Artists Group for the UNC Carolina Choir, Susan Klebanow, Director, and Jeanne Fischer, soprano soloist.
Available in CD and DVD at Amazon.com

“Isaiah is a powerful work, full of colors both vivid and, at times, pastel. The audience received this premiere performance with enthusiastic applause, with good reason.”
—Geoffrey Simon, Classical Voice of North Carolina


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Duo XXI – “Quest New Music For Violin and  Cello”

Anna Cromwell – violin
Mira Frisch – cello
Albany Records – Amazon


“…the most innovative work on the CD, and is really quite striking in its originality”
—critic David Deboor Canfield  (Issue 34:5 May/June 2011)


JAZZ SMALL GROUP

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The Dominican Jazz Project
Representing Summit Records on the ballots for the 17th Annual Latin Grammy® Awards in the categories of “Best New Artist” and “Best Jazz CD” and for the 59th Annual Grammy® Awards in the category of Best Latin Jazz Recording.
Summit Records 2016 – Amazon, itunes

“Full of creative energy and the joy of musical discovery.”
—Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz


SA-Trio-Believe-CD-Cover-150x150The Stephen Anderson Trio, with Special Guest, Joel Frahm – Believe
Joel Frahm – tenor sax
Stephen Anderson – piano
Jeffry Eckels – bass
Ross Pederson – drums
Summit Records 2013 – Amazonitunes

“Critically acclaimed, generously reviewed composer and pianist, Stephen Anderson, revs it up to the maximum on this very special outing for his trio – plus the addition of Joel Frahm – making a premium quartet. Explosive program of really satisfying jazz tunes…very enjoyable.”  Represented Summit Records at the 56th annual Grammy® Awards.


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The Stephen Anderson Trio – Nation Degeneration

Stephen Anderson – piano
Jeffry Eckels – bass
Ross Pederson – drums
Andrew Van Tassel – alto sax
Summit Records 2010 – Amazon, itunes

4½ stars (out of 5) “Highly recommended.” Ken Dryden, All Music Guide.   Represented Summit Records at the 53rd Grammy® Awards in the category of “Best Jazz Instrumental Album”


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The Stephen Anderson Trio – Forget Not

Stephen Anderson – piano
Jeffry Eckels – bass
Joel Fountain – drums
Summit Records 2008 – Amazon, itunes

Nominated best jazz “Debut CD” (3rd Annual Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll 2008)


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360ᵒ Jazz Initiative, Distracted Society
Jim Ketch – trumpet
John Parker – trumpet
Dave Finucane – tenor saxophone
Scott Sawyer – guitar
Stephen Anderson – piano
Jason Foureman – bass
Dan Davis – drums
Juan Alamo – percussion
Summit Records 2015 – itunes


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The Lynn Seaton Trio – Puttin’ on the Ritz

Lynn Seaton – bass
Stephen Anderson – piano
Joel Fountain – drums
Nagel Heyer Records 2005 – Amazon, itunes


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The Lynn Seaton Trio – Ballads 2006 (compilation CD)

Lynn Seaton – bass
Stephen Anderson – piano
Joel Fountain – drums
Nagel Heyer Records 2006 – Barnes and Noble, itunes


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Jim Ketch Quintet – A Distant View

Jim Ketch – trumpet
Dave Finucane – tenor sax
Stephen Anderson – piano
Jeffry Eckels – bass
Ross Pederson – drums
Summit Records 2012 – itunes


Jim-Ketch-next-set-150x150 Jim Ketch Quintet – Next Set
Jim Ketch – trumpet
Wally West – tenor sax
Stephen Anderson – piano
Steve Haines – bass
Thomas Taylor – drums
Summit Records 2009 – Amazon


JAZZ BIG BAND

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University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band
Lab 2003, recorded “Rhyth Migot”
(Anderson, composer)

 


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University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band
Lab 2001, (Anderson, piano)

 

 


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University of North Texas Two O’clock Lab Band
(Anderson, piano, and composer of “Time of the End”)

 

 


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Brigham Young University, Synthesis
Featuring “Waiting”
(Anderson, composer)

 


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Brigham Young University, Synthesis
Featuring “Rhyth Migot” and “Greensleeves”
(Anderson, composer)

 


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Western Illinois University
Jazz Studio Orchestra
On the Horizon, recorded “Rhyth Migot”
(Anderson, composer)

 

 

  1. The Dominican Jazz Project – Anderson: project leader, composer/pianists.  A collaborative recording with artists from the Dominican Republic (Summit Records, March 2016).
  2. 360ᵒ Jazz Initiative, Distracted Society (UNC Faculty Jazz) CD – Anderson: composer/pianist. The project includes members of the UNC Jazz Studies Faculty—Jim Ketch, Dave Finucane, Juan Álamo, Scott Sawyer, Jason Foureman, and Dan Davis (Summit Records, June 2015).
  3. Duo XXI, Metal Cicadas – Anna Cromwell (violin) and Mira Frisch (cello) recorded Anderson’s, Three Vernacular Songs for Violin and Cello (Albany Records, fall 2014).
  4. Isaiah, a seven movement, 49 minute oratorio for SATB choir, string orchestra, and piano – Carolina Choir, Susan Klebanow, Director, Jeanne Fischer, soloist, and Anderson, composer and pianist (released by Mormon Artists Group, March 2014). The publication includes a CD, DVD, mp3files, full orchestral score 11×17 , choral score 8.5×11, and book, Writing Isaiah, A Composer’s Journal.  Mormon Artists Group (March 2013).
  5. Stephen Anderson Trio, Believe, with Special Guest, Joel Frahm – (Anderson, piano and composer) Summit Records (released March 12, 2012).
  6. Jim Ketch Quintet, A Distant View – Anderson, piano, Summit Records (January 2012). Reviews in All About Jazz, News Observer, Durham Herald Sun, and the Oregon Jazz Society.
  7. The Brigham Young University jazz band, “Synthesis,” Flying High CD – includes big band scores, Waiting. Tantara Records (2012).
  8. Duo XXI, Quest:  New Music for Violin and Cello CD – includes recent piece composed for the duo, Quest (the title track). Albany Records (released December 2010).
  9. The Stephen Anderson Trio, Nation Degeneration CD – Anderson, pianist and composer, Summit Records (released April 2010). An international publication also featuring two UNC undergraduate music students:  Andrew Van Tassel (alto saxophone), and Alex Van Gils (composer of “Polyethylene”).   Jeffry Eckels, bass; Ross Pederson, drums.    
  10. Concerto for Solo Percussion and Concert Band – full score and piano reduction, C. Alan Publications. Released at PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Conference) November 2009.
  11. Jim Ketch Quintet, The Next Set CD – Anderson, piano, Summit Records (June 2009). Reviews in Jazz Times, Jazz Review.com, and the All Music Guide (4 out of stars).
  12. The Brigham Young University jazz band, “Synthesis,” High Road CD – includes big band scores, Rhyth Migot and Greensleeves. Tantara Records (May 2009).
  13. The Stephen Anderson Trio, Forget Not CD – Anderson, pianist and composer, Summit Records (released April 2010). Jeffry Eckels, bass; Joel Fountain, drums.  Received 4½ stars (out of 5) from the All Music Guide, nominated best jazz “Debut CD” (3rd Annual Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll 2008), national and international airplay, reviews in Jazz Times and All About Jazz.
  14. Refulgence, for euphonium and piano – score published by Cimarron Music (March 2008).
  15. Ballads 2006 (compilation CD) – features Anderson as pianist and arranger of “Londonderry Aire,” Lynn Seaton Trio, Nagel Heyer Records (2006).
  16. “Three Elements of Bebop” – article published in Piano Today Magazine (Fall 2006) [non-refereed].
  17. Rhyth Migot – big band score, UNC Jazz Press (Northern Colorado) (Spring 2006).
  18. Time of the End – big band score, UNC Jazz Press (Spring 2006).
  19. “Three Elements of Bebop” – feature article in IAJE NC Winter 2006 Newsletter [non-refereed].
  20. Lynn Seaton Trio, Puttin’ On the Ritz CD – Nagel Heyer Records (November 2005). Lynn Seaton, bass; Stephen Anderson, piano; Joel Fountain, drums.  Reviews in Downbeat Magazine and All About Jazz.