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Steve Elmer

COMPOSER/PIANIST STEVE ELMER is an expressive and creative musician of growing acclaim. He describes his musical approach as “Classic Jazz: Play the melody, improvise, tell a story, and make it swing.”

Once called “the most anonymous piano player in New York” by a respected jazz pianist impressed by Elmer’s playing, he is now the recipient of praise from jazz publications and musicians throughout the nation. Jazz Times says “He plays with the ferocity of a man with no more time to waste.” BlogCritics.org says “The music is gorgeous. Each song is treated like the only song and you get wrapped up in each one like it's a novel you don't want to put down. Even without lyrics you can feel the story behind the music. “ All About Jazz-Los Angles says “Pianist Elmer has imbibed from Bud Powell’s well, and has come up with a bucket overflowing with some hard hitting and vibrant bop. Elmer’s touch is sharp and assertive, confident and clean. “

Steve began his musical training as a drummer in a Brooklyn junior high school when he was thirteen years old. He briefly attended Manhattan School of Music before he became the “featured jazz drummer” with the All American Big Brass Band’s 16-counrty three-month tour of Africa.

On his return, he spent the next two years playing drums with the Pepe Morreale Trio and the great lyrical cornetist Bobby Hackett. Elmer then earned a B.S in Music Education from Hofstra University and took a job teaching music in a Passaic, New Jersey elementary school followed by a year-and-a-half at Manhattan Vocational- Technical High School.

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The Steve Elmer Trio Jazz Life - Live @ Cleopatra's Needle, NYC

“Simply a snappy set of solid playing and smart originals that seem to have been designed purely to make you feel good. They hit the mark with room to spare.”

Midwest Record, October 2010

“The newest CD by Steve Elmer and his regular trio. This marks the third CD by this trio. Elmer's elegant, experienced piano, indeed a textbook of straight ahead piano, Shingo Okudiara's drums, a great balance of delicacy and boldness and Hide Tanaka's sticky groove pulls the trio together. The chemistry between the members produce a sense of flexibility and freedom, only possible from a regular trio. Truly, a New York Style orthodox piano trio.” (Translated from Japanese)

Ventu Azul Diary, October 2010

The Steve Elmer Trio / Fire Down Below

“Steve Elmer was originally a drummer

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Jazz Life - Live @...

Self Produced
2010

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Fire Down Below

Self Produced
2008

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Keep Your Eye On The Ball

From: I Used To Be Anonymous
By Steve Elmer

Aaronology

From: Fire Down Below
By Steve Elmer

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