Steve began his career as a guitarist, founding his Brooklyn, New York
school, The Guitar Workshop in 1977. While teaching and performing in
the New York area with other guitar masters like Joe Pass, Jimmy Ponder
and Jack Wilkins, Steve got his first introduction to the Stick through
a meeting with Emmett Chapman at a guitar expo in 1983. Recognizing the
great potential of the instrument, he purchased his first Stick in 1984,
and has focused his performance activities on it ever since.
Today, Steve is considered one of the grand masters of the Stick, has
performed at clubs, festivals and conventions all over the U.S., and
has conducted seminars and workshops on the Stick in various U.S.
cities and in Italy. He is also a regular contributor and columnist for
Twentieth Century Guitar Magazine.
In 1996, Steve released his breakthrough recording "Sailing Down the
river, Sane" marking the first recording featuring Stick in a live
jazz setting. In 2001, he released the long awaited "The Answer's
Inside" featuring more of Steve's trademark Stick work as well as
guest performances from Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Nydia Mata, and
Steve can be seen regularly at TKOPS 180 in Long Beach, New York as
well as at Chez Peter in Atlantic Beach, New York. In late June of
this year, Steve will be one of the instructors at the 2003 Montreal
Stick Seminar taking place during the annual Montreal Jazz Festival.
In addition to his teaching, Steve will also be performing during
his stay in Montreal.
More on the web:
CDs available from Stick
2003 Montreal Stick
interview with Steve on an Alan Holdsworth site
Steve's Talking Sticks
interview from 2001
Steve's interview from Global Bass in 2002