Millicent Stephenson, a Birmingham, West Midlands, UK based female saxophonist was described as a “Sax supremo” by The Voice Newspaper. Her sell out shows ‘Not Just Jazz’ in July 2014 and ‘Not Just Jazz II‘ in August 2015 covering styles of Jazz, Gospel, Reggae, Soul and Blues at the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham UK was an entertaining and uplifting evening, leaving the audience asking for more. Not Just Jazz III opened to a full house on 8th July 2016.
Millicent has been playing for over 30 years and was tutored by the late great Birmingham saxophonist, Andy Hamilton (MBE) in her youth. The testament to her achievement showed when she performed with the ‘Blue Pearls’, a youth band set up by Andy Hamilton. He also introduced her to Jazz articulation and she was honoured to be interviewed in his documentary ‘Silver Shine‘ shown on Central TV, sponsored by the Arts Council.
Millicent has performed at prestigious events such as
- The luncheon for the Governor General of Jamaica: His Excellency, the most honourable Sir Patrick Allen
- 4th Annual Private Equity Africa Awards Gala
- The Rotary Club of Birmingham
- Jamaican Olympic team concert in Symphony Hall where she starred with Jaki Graham, Beverly Knight and Benjamin Zephaniah
- BBC Kidney Kids Appeal, ‘An evening of Inspiration’
In response to the feelings and experiences of female musicians (instrumentalists), Millicent has set up Cafemnee a networking event for female for singers and instrumentalist. This twice yearly event gives an opportunity to explore relevant issues, gain musical insight, make contacts and develop through jam sessions. See the Cafemnee Page for more details.
Her debut EP ‘This is life’ was released on iTunes, Amazon (US), Amazon (UK) Google Play, Spotify, eMusic, Rdio and physical CD on 1st June 2013. It contains two original pieces composed by Millicent. Radio airplay include BBC Radio WM, NewStyle Radio, Peace FM, Spitfire Radio and Ketch a Vibe Radio.
In 2014, Millicent served as an Executive Board member with the responsibility for
Business and Enterprise for the Gospel Music Industry Alliance (GMiA) a voluntary association which informs, resources, promotes and unites the Gospel music sector in the UK.
Millicent was honoured with the Wise Women and Keep the Faith Magazine Music Award 2011 in recognition of her performances, teaching and mentoring.
Millicent is a qualified teacher and currently gives one to one saxophone and piano lessons. Her students’ ages range from 5 years to adults. Her oldest student is 70 years old. Millicent also delivers group sessions and music projects which concentrates on developing up and coming musicians.
Millicent brings the wow factor to any event and plays music for the soul. Book Millicent for your corporate event‘s launch, dinner, dance, reception; your wedding day or anniversary; special celebration; Gospel concert, Church service, convention or conference; perhaps the funeral service of your loved one. For more details, testimonials and previous bookings, click the link to the relevant page.
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‘I have had the privilege and honour to engage Millicent Stephenson to perform at various events for several years, these include performing for The Lord Mayor Of Birmingham Charity Concerts, The Rotary Club of Birmingham, The Association of Jamaican Nationals Local Heroes Gala and Awards. Her professionalism and artistry commands an audience.
Millicent was a Scholar of the Late Great Andy Hamilton MBE and like the “Master” Millicent will be a great Ambassador to her chosen instrument the Saxophone and Jazz Music.
I am pleased to have a long standing connection and relationship with this very talented and unique artist’.
Beverly Lindsay OBE, OD. Association of Jamaican Nationals
‘Millicent is an exquisite, competent player of the saxophone who displays a talent and love for the instrument. An absolute joy to listen to and great entertainment – wonderful!’
Nikki Tapper Broadcaster BBC Radio WM