In the ’90s Stephen was based in Switzerland performing with his bands SNAG and Face lifter at major festivals and clubs throughout Europe.
During this time in Europe, Stephen was awarded the Swiss Diagonal Arts Grant and the Pop Kredit award with the band SNAG and also received rave reviews for his performances. Stephen spent time studying with Mick Goodrick and Jerry Bergonzi at the New England Conservatory.
Stephen returned to Australia in 2000 to perform and record with his band trio at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. He was co-winner of the National Jazz Award and began playing again with Julien Wilson in a bass-less trio.
Stephen performs regularly in Melbourne with many ensembles as well as recording and performing his original material with his two bands Face lifter and trio.
Winner of National Jazz Award in 2000.