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Musician

Steve Knight

Steve traded his skateboard for a Synsonics/JCPenney guitar (with built-in, 9 volt-powered speaker) in the early 90s, much to the delight of his mother. At Emporia State University, he split his time between the theatre department and the music department, playing in pit orchestras, the big band, and the faculty combo, all the while teaching guitar at ESU Academy and Flint Hills Music.

Steve’s first step into the professional jazz world came in the living room of noted jazz pedagogue, author, and guitarist Dr. Wayne Goins at Kansas State University. Wayne’s unique approach as a professional first, academic second, inspired Steve to pursue the music further by moving to New York where he was lucky to study with luminaries in the field like Jack Wilkins, Mark Whitfield, Peter Bernstein, Mark Sherman, and Jim Ridl. 

Album

Persistence

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Suspects; Cisco; Real Type Thing; Sharps Disposal; Persistence; Chop Chop; Just Add Meaning; Mary Janes' Last Dance; Art's Rant; Workshop; Change the World; Sharps Disposal (alternate take).

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Guitars To The Forefront

Read "Guitars To The Forefront" reviewed by Bob Osborne


A show with guitars at the forefront. A selection of great and varied releases celebrating the guitar in modern jazz, with fascinating new music from around the world.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 So Long Seven “Mazimhaka" from Only Elephants Know Her Name (So Long Seven Records) 00:39 Gastón de la Cruz “Aldebarán" from Constelaciones (DISCOS ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

T.S. Monk, Grant Stewart & Theo Croker

Read "T.S. Monk, Grant Stewart & Theo Croker" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Innovative trumpeter Theo Croker begins the 764th Episode of Neon Jazz with a song off his album Love Quantum. The theme of the hour is modern jazz released in 2022. We also hear new material from T.S. Monk off his first live album and feature Dan Olivo, Steve Hudson, Tim Lin and Steve Knight. Listen in ...

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Article: Album Review

Steve Knight: Persistence

Read "Persistence" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Yet another guitar-led trio, this one by Kansas-born, Chicago-based Steve Knight who also writes in the manner of one of his role models, George Benson (Knight composed seven of the album's dozen numbers including two versions of “Sharps Disposal"). Although the recording's title refers in part to the eighteen months it took Knight to write the ...

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Article: Album Review

Steve Knight: Persistence

Read "Persistence" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Readers have surely heard of a “sniff test." It is an informal assessment that something, particularly in finance, just does not look right. It is usually intuitive rather than formal. But many analysts employ one before turning to more elaborate kinds of examinations to verify their suspicions. Music has no sniff test, but it ...


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