Bird Stevens was born in 1971 and started playing bass when he was 17 years old. He started a band called The Jitterbugs, which one of the first bands that introduced the West coast style in Europe. In 1995 he joined The Blackbirds a bunch of good friends playing American roots music from the 50’s and 60’s, which resulted in playing on a lot of big roots festivals and recordings.
In 2000 he started a new band named after “the big four beat” as played in New Orleans styles of music, namely; The Big Four Quintet, a.k.a. TB4Q (swing groove lounge jazz). During that same year I was also asked by Otis Grand (UK) to join his band which resulted in several tours in countries like Finland, Sweden, Spain & U.K. In 2002 Al Copley (USA – former Roomful of Blues member) asked Bird to join him during his European tours for 2 years.
As a session musician Bird played in several bands with the likes of R.J. Mischo, Teddy Morgan, Sax Gordon, Gene Taylor, Enrico Crivellaro, Nico Backton, Jason Ricci, Karen Carroll, Big Jay McNeely, and many others.
Birds bass playing style is best to be described as “the glue that keeps the whole thing going”. He is the kind of bass player that you only hear he’s there when he stops playing… just the right touch at the right time. Bird has been influenced by bass players like Willy Dixon, Keith Ferguson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Herb Gordy (Red Prysock) and Ray Brown.