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Steve Heckman

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Steve Heckman was born in New York City. He grew up at an opportune time, getting exposed to the best jazz in the world during one of jazz's most creative periods, the mid-1960's. He began clarinet at 12, then alto and tenor sax, ultimately choosing tenor as his favorite horn. Over the years he also added soprano and baritone sax, as well as flute and alto flute. He has written 75 original jazz tunes. He is self-taught in improvisation, but thanks teachers Allen Fields, Ray Musiker and Carmine Caruso for assistance in the theoretical and technical grounding necessary to blow decent jazz. The most significant spark to set his spirit on fire with love and enthusiasm for jazz was when, at age 15, he first heard the music of John Coltrane: Worlds split open, and he was propelled into a realm of unparallelled richness and dimension which has profoundly influenced his approach to both playing, as well as composition. Listening to 'Trane's "A Love Supreme" from start to finish every day after school through 11th and 12th grade became his daily ritual; he also absorbed as much as possible, listening to everything he could find by Trane

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Going My Way

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Lover; So in Love; Weird Nightmare; Amado Mio; The Peacocks; Joy Spring; O Cantador; Nica’s Dream; Infant Eyes; It Might as Well Be Spring; Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; I’m Just a Lucky So and So.

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Zeena Quinn: Going My Way

Read "Going My Way" reviewed by Jack Bowers


With so many singers these days competing to tempt the ears of an ever-shrinking jazz audience, success often rests not only on the talents of the vocalist but on the songs he or she chooses to interpret. On Going My Way, San Francisco-based vocalist Zeena Quinn puts her best foot forward on the opening numbers, “Lover" ...

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Some Other Time/Slow Café

Label: World City Music
Released: 2017
Track listing: Admiring-Lee; Ugly Beauty; Some Other Time; Get Happy; Foregone Conclusions; Jeannine; Theme For Ernie; I Should Care; Sheila's Sunday Song; Is That So? The Peacocks; Slow Café.

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Steve Heckman & Matt Clark: Some Other Time/Slow Café

Read "Some Other Time/Slow Café" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Back in the summer of 2004, saxophonist Steve Heckman and pianist Matt Clark took to the studio to lay down some duo tracks. Those recordings have now finally found their way into the world through Some Other Time/Slow Café, an album presenting a dozen pieces that speak with casual and reflective charm while highlighting the rapport ...

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Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute

Label: Jazzed Media
Released: 2016
Track listing: 26-2; Impressions; It’s Easy to Remember; The Legacy; Dear Lord; The Promise; Reverend King; Fifth House; Wise One; Resolution.

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Steve Heckman: Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute

Read "Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Saxophonist Steve Heckman has spent a good deal of his career walking in the footsteps of saxophone giant John Coltrane, on CD offerings such as Search For Peace (Jazzed Media, 2014) and With John In Mind (World City Music, 2003). With that in mind, nobody has ever--and almost certainly never will--match 'Trane in his ability to ...

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Steve Heckman: Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute

Read "Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Whenever words such as A Coltrane Tribute adorn the front cover of an album, one question that inevitably springs to mind is, which John Coltrane? Trane, after all, was never one to stand still, or, as the saying goes, to rest on his laurels (truth be told, he hardly ever rested at all, choosing instead to ...

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Search for Peace

Label: Jazzed Media
Released: 2014
Track listing: Fungii Mama; Grantstand; Search for Peace; Pannonica; Hi-Fly; Hangin' at Slug's; Melody for C; Autumn in New York; Spiral.

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Steve Heckman Quintet: Search for Peace

Read "Search for Peace" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Saxophonist Steve Heckman's Search For Peace serves as something of a companion piece to his previous album--Born To Be Blue (Jazzed Media, 2013). Both albums feature the same band, present (mostly) familiar material, and walk pleasingly straightforward paths. So what's different? Well, for starters, Matt Clark played piano on Heckman's last date, but he's taken to ...


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