Desert Island Jazz
Dayna Stephens (2008)

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Born in Brooklyn, New York, into a musical family, Dayna Stephens was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, attending the storied Berkeley High School and, after playing the saxophone at age 13, taking part in their jazz ensemble.

His formal musical education continued on a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and then the Thelonious Monk Institute of jazz program located at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.

Still a couple of weeks shy of his 30th birthday when he was cast away on the desert island, Dayna has already appeared with a who's who of musicians across the age range. Now based back in New York City, Dayna nonetheless gets "back home" to the Bay Area at least annually, including giving back some education at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Sonny Rollins The Bridge You Do Something to Me (RCA)
# 2 Chick Corea Now He Sings, Now He Sobs Matrix (Blue Note)
# 3 Ray Charles and Betty Carter Ray Charles and Betty Carter Just You, Just Me (Rhino)
# 4 Kurt Rosenwinkel Enemies of Energy Dream of the Old (Verve)
# 5 Brad Mehldau Songs: Art of the Trio, Vol. 3 Unrequited (Warner Bros.)
# 6 Gerry Mulligan Night Lights Festive Minor (Mercury)
# 7 Miles Davis Nefertiti Nefertiti (Columbia)
# 8 Joshua Redman Wish Moose the Mooche (Warner Bros)
# 9 McCoy Tyner The Real McCoy Four by Five (Blue Note)
Book Eckhart Tolle, "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose"
Luxury Item A complete collection of George Carlin
Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
Alt 1 Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else Autumn Leaves (Blue Note)
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