Steve was born and raised in New York City, where he attended and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. He received a full scholarship to upstate New York’s Bard College where he met teacher and Jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd, who inspired him to study music and become a vibraphonist.
Steve became a NYC Music teacher in 1993 working at Walton High School and despite the demands of being an educator, Steve continued to develop musically and in 2002 he released his first album “Vibe Mania.” In 2004 Steve was awarded the distinguished New York Liberty Medal from the honorable Michael Bloomberg, who presented Steve with the medal for his outstanding work as a Music Educator and Arts Coordinator at Walton.
Steve’s second CD “El Puente” (The Bridge) was released in 2010 and has received acclaim as a new definitive musical work for vibraphone. With a style comparable to Cal Tjader and Tito Puente on vibes, Steve has developed a style of playing that is unique and exhilarating to watch and listen to. His new CD, “North by Northeast” (January 2015) presents up tempo danceable Latin Jazz arrangements and compositions and features Grammy nominated Wilson “Chembo” Corniel on congas and percussion.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."