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Steve Cardenas


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Steve Cardenas has diverse credits as a performer and recording artist. Having started his musical career in Kansas City, he is now an integral part of the jazz community in New York.

Cardenas has backed up such greats as Eddie Harris, Marilyn Maye, Jay McShann, and Slide Hampton. He has toured Europe extensively, performing at various jazz festivals including the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on three separate occasions and the North Sea Jazz Festival two times. In recent years, he regularly performed with such artists as Paul McCandless of the group Oregon, trumpeters/composers Mark Isham and Jeff Beal, bassist Marc Johnson, and vocalist Norah Jones. Steve is currently a member of the Paul Motian Band, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, as well as a quartet led by drummer Joey Baron called "Killer Joey". In addition, he leads his own group performing at various venues around New York City.

Along with performing and recording, Cardenas teaches at the New School in New York and gives private lessons on his own as well. In 2003, Steve was guest faculty at California Institute of the Arts for the winter/spring semester. Other teaching positions have included the "Integrated Arts in Education" program through the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, and jazz workshops at Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Camps. Also, in collaboration with editor Don Sickler, Cardenas completed work on a book of Thelonious Monk's compositions through Hal Leonard Publishing. The Thelonious Monk Fakebook marks the premier publishing of all of Monk's compositions together, with many of them appearing for the first time.

Just released is Steve's new CD, Panoramic, for Fresh Sound New Talent Records. As on his previous release, Shebang, this CD features Larry Grenadier on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums, with Tony Malaby added on tenor saxophone.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Jon Cowherd Mercy Project Friday, September 18, 2015, 10:00p
Ben Allison Trio Friday, March 21, 2014, 10:00p
Ben Allison and Man Size Safe Friday, May 29, 2009, 10:00p
Ben Allison Quartet SOLD OUT Friday, December 1, 2006, 10:00p

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