Playing his own tune

Dayna Stephens is a fighter.

Mind you, you could really say that about most artists worth their salt, but it is particularly true in the case of the 38-year-old American jazz saxophonist. Stephens, who will head this way next to join Israeli bassist Tal Gamlieli and his trio on stage at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque (December 7, 8 p.m.) as part of this year’s Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, had to battle some longterm health issues when he was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease.


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