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Steve Schaeffer

Steve Schaeffer, noted Hollywood recording musician, started his career in New York City. At the age of 14, Steve was part of Marshall Brown's Newport Youth Band, a band made up of the best young Jazz players in the New York and Tri State area's. At 17, Steve joined the Al Cohn/Zoot Sims Quintet at the famed Half Note in NYC. At 19, Steve joined Doc Severinsons Quintet. At 20, Steve joined Sarah Vaughn and stayed for 2 1/2 years. This band also had Chick Corea featured as Sarah's pianist. Steve also worked with jazz greats Joe Henderson, Eddie Daniels, Monty Alexander, Bob Sheppard, Pete Christlieb and Mike Maineri to name a few

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Dees: The Dream I Dreamed

Read "The Dream I Dreamed" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

In describing his perspective of the state of certain vocal efforts existing today, a wag, respected for his pungent commentary, once said: “There's no substitute for crass." Yet, there are singers who dwell in more refined melodic places--environs of elegance and refinement--"musical champagne," if you will, who preach using melody, lyric and rhythmic subtleties. They are ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Bill Mays: Inventions, Conventions and Dimensions

Read "Bill Mays: Inventions, Conventions and Dimensions" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

This title is more than a rhyme: it's an attempt to capture some of the legendary versatility of pianist Bill Mays. “Inventions" refers to his unprecedented, working jazz trio of piano, trumpet, and cello. “Conventions" is a nod to his invaluable contribution to the annual meeting of the International Society of Bassists (in 2013, he played ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

"Modern Sounds," or: Running a Marathon in Full Body Armor

Read ""Modern Sounds," or: Running a Marathon in Full Body Armor" reviewed by Jack Bowers

From October 19-25 Betty and I were at the Los Angeles Marriott Airport Hotel to attend Modern Sounds, the L.A. Jazz Institute's four-day salute to West Coast jazz, followed by a day-long tribute to Stan Kenton on the hundredth anniversary of the legendary bandleader's birth. We arrived a day early to be primed and ready for ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

March Jazz at Charlie O's

March Jazz at Charlie O's

March jazz performances a birthday celebration for Bill Henderson on the 27th and a birthday celebration for Madeline Vergari Neumann on the 16th. The official release of Brandinos Melodies and Songbook and the Brandino and Friends Live at Charlie Os CD (if you purchased the original CD, please bring it back and you will receive the ...


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