A Bay Area transplant to the NYC scene, multi-reedist Steven Lugerner maintains an active bi-costal performance schedule - as both a leader and sidemen. Since his relocation to New York City, Lugerner has fostered contacts, study and collaboration with such artists as: Grammy nominated pianist Fred Hersch; soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom; flutist/composer Jamie Baum; trumpeter Ralph Alessi; pianist Myra Melford; percussionist Matt Wilson; percussionist/composer John Hollenbeck, bassist John Hebert, pianist Jason Moran, trumpeter Darren Johnston; saxophonist Dayna Stephens & SFJAZZ Collective member Miguel Zenon. He is a skilled and diversified woodwind doubler on saxophone, bass clarinet, Bb clarinet, oboe, english horn, flute and alto flute. As a sideman & leader, Lugerner has had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall, The SFJAZZ Festival, Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Cornelia St. Cafe, Le Poisson Rouge, The Red Poppy Art House, The Jazzschool and Yoshi’s Oakland.
Steven Lugerner was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in a multicultural, artistically nurturing family. He began his early musical studies attempting to play the trumpet - a painful experience for both student and family audience. Thankfully, he followed the suggestion of his music teacher and switched to lessons on the clarinet. He soon discovered his niche in the world of woodwind instruments